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Doug Unplugs

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Robot ditches data downloads to experience life firsthand.

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Young Doug is an effective reminder to preschoolers of the value of experiencing life firsthand when it's tempting to turn to virtual information sources and call it a day. Doug gets all kinds of facts from his uploads and from his knowledgeably programmed robot friends and family, but he always gets the sense there's something missing from what he learns. What he discovers is that human emotions can't be conveyed by data dumps, and so much of learning comes from experiencing something first hand.

Doug's curiosity drives his adventures, but his gregarious and enthusiastic friend sure does ice the top of that cake. When Emma introduces him to something that she already knows about, she's a motivated guide who makes the experience extra fun. When both of them are learning as they go, they feed off each other's excitement and enjoyment. In so doing, they encourage each other to try unfamiliar things and to see repeat experiences in a new light.

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