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Clifford's Puppy Days

Fun and good influences for preschoolers.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Not specifically educational, but lots of pro-social messages about good citizenship, kindness, and problem solving.

Positive messages

The show pays special attention to the importance of diversity, as seen among Emily Elizabeth's friends and neighbors. The friends model positive problem solving and learn about how their behaviors affect others.

Positive role models

Clifford and his puppy, kitte,n and human friends are always struggling to do the right thing, even while they sometimes make mistakes. Clifford and his best friend, rabbit Daffodil, often have problems with each other, but they work it out by the end of each show and stay best pals who help each other when needed.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clifford's Puppy Days is a sweet, fun cartoon for preschoolers that doesn't have any content to be concerned about. It has the same admirable qualities of the Clifford books and TV series -- a cast of lovable characters who base their actions on positive guidelines about being good citizens -- and sets good examples of pet ownership, kindness, self-confidence, and much more.

What's the story?

Norman Bridwell's first Clifford book was published in 1963, so most contemporary parents with young children probably enjoyed stories about Emily Elizabeth and her giant dog when they were kids. CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS is an offshoot of the classic series (and a sort of prequel to Clifford the Big Red Dog); each episode starts when Emily Elizabeth and Clifford sit down to recount memories from Clifford's puppyhood. Clifford's size still makes him unique, but in this series, he's the tiniest puppy in town. The show follows his adventures with other animal pals as they learn lessons based on "Big Ideas," a collection of 10 themes that form the pillars of the show's moral messages. These ideas include believing in oneself, being a good friend, being truthful, and being kind.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lessons Clifford learns in Clifford's Puppy Days. How can your child learn the same things?

  • Why is it important to tell the truth and be kind to others? What does it mean to be a good friend?

  • How do the characters in Clifford's Puppy Days demonstrate compassion? Why is that an important character strength?

TV details

Premiere date:September 15, 2003
Cast:Grey DeLisle, Kath Soucie, Laura Jill Miller
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Character strengths:Compassion
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old August 30, 2013

Another one of my memories!

I have remembered this how a long time ago. I liked it a lot. Sadly, it got cancelled.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old November 12, 2013

Fine

Spongebob's better.
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008