What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this delightful, kid-friendly claymation series is aimed at preschoolers. Children who watch will learn about being aware of your emotions, figuring out how to master challenging tasks, and discovering the importance and meaning of daily tasks like looking after pets. Major themes include social interaction and problem solving.
What's the story?
DRAGON is a claymation adaptation of the popular book series by children's author Dav Pilkey. The main character, Dragon, is a very friendly little blue dragon whose sometimes illogical, silly perspective on life (he tries to feed his new pet cat ice cream) creates interesting learning challenges that mirror those being faced by curious preschoolers. Each episode is broken into short chapters that divide Dragon's task and solutions into mini stories. Dragon takes an unflustered approach to problem solving, which encourages patience, creative problem solving, and teamwork.
Is it any good?
This series -- with its charming storylines full of subtle life lessons for preschoolers -- is an excellent choice for families looking for alternatives to the fantasy violence and product-packed cartoons that tend to rule Saturday mornings. Children will be delighted by all of Dragon's animal friends, including Mailmouse, Cat, Alligator, Beaver, and Ostrich. They're quirky and colorful and represent varied personalities, offering kids a peek at the vast, complex social world that they're beginning to encounter. But best of all is Dragon's willingness to help his friends; he gives kids a positive example of sympathy, civil participation, and kindness.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Dragon and how he experiences his emotions. How do you think this particular situation makes Dragon feel? Have you ever felt that way? What did you do? How did you let people know how you felt?