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Clifford's Puppy Days

By Tara Swords, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun and good influences for preschoolers.

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age 2+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Delightful back story of the “Big Red Dog”!!!

Children of all ages will soar with the puppy days of one of the most recognizable canine characters in children’s literature history.

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Great messages
Great role models
age 2+

Well rounded & positive show in every way

We did not give my son any screentime before 2 Yrs old. This was his first cartoon series exposure. This show hit all the positive educational, social and emotional marks. 1. To start, the theme song is enjoyable, original, unique and the lyrics tell you exactly what you can expect from the story without ever becoming mind numbingly annoying. It is one of the only theme songs we both sing together and don’t get sick of. I love that the theme song has a unique eclectic sound with various cultural influences. It is very representative of the diverse city community these characters inhabit. I wish more cartoons were so intentional and unique with their theme songs. 2. I absolutely love the overall theme which is “live makes little things grow.” It reinforces positive feelings between children and their caretakers. 3. I like that that Clifford & the animals have their own distinct social community seperate from Emily Elizabeth and the other kids. This mirrors real life where children have their school relationships seperate from home relationships. 4. I like that Clifford cannot talk to Emily Elizabeth but they still show love each other to each other in non verbal ways by being present together, hugging/body language, patience, loyalty and empathy. 5. I like how the adults are represented in the show. They are present, supportive, kind and offer help when needed while promoting a good balance of independence and mutual respect. 6. I love the diversity in this show. It premiered in the early 2000’s and was years ahead in this aspect! There are black, Asian, white, Hispanic, Jewish, elderly, young and disabled characters of all ages. All presented in a positive light as a tight knit community working together. 7. The lead characters are a small puppy who is constantly over coming challenges regarding his size while using his EQ to problem solve and an 8 or 9 year old GIRL who models respect for others and social problem solving and communication and empathy. Awesome! 10. Live Henry winklers performance as Norville 11. in my opinion this the most perfect cartoon format/model/story ever created for kids under 6. The still surpasses the latest version of Clifford cartoon series in 2020. Clifford puppy days is the best!

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Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Puppy Clifford is admirable because he is caring, friendly, and honest. He occasionally makes mistakes, but he always learns from them by the end of the episode. In that regard, Clifford is a decent role model for young kids who are learning the same life lessons.

Emily Elizabeth's community of Birdwell Island is filled with people of different skin colors and national origins, so the show gets high marks for valuing diversity in a simple, straightforward manner. Clifford's Puppy Days' tiny character might not inspire the same kind of awe as he does in full size, but the show is charming and full of kid-friendly messages.

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