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Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Celebs' philanthropic travels are great for curious kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

The Berlin wall was built to "separate people"??? Please, do not use this for History lessons...

I have only seen a few of these episodes while scanning channels, but one episode that I had to comment about was shown yesterday, January 28th and was titled "German Adventures". It was mainly about touristy things to do in Berlin and one of the main segments was about the Berlin Wall. It was a typical segment until, on multiple occasions, Elizabeth remarked that the Berlin Wall had been built to "Separate People" from East and West Berlin. All I can say is, Elizabeth, please take some more history classes about the Cold War and please, if you ever go back to Berlin, report that the wall was built by the East German Communist Government in the early 1960's to keep an increasing number of people from East Berlin (and East Germany) from defecting to West Berlin. These East Germans were not just trying to go to West Berlin because they were "separated" from their family and friends. They risked death and major injury from East Berlin solders brutally shooting at them with machine guns as they tried to make it across the wall to West Berlin because they didn't want to live in the "communist paradise" that had been established in East Germany with the help of the USSR (please look that country up, now relegated to the "Dustbin of History", if you haven't heard about it). If this is series being shown on any PBS station, there should be a disclaimer about not using this in any way, shape, or form as a part of a school's history classes.
age 6+

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The children will not get real factual information. Sidekick Garrett has a running gag of providing 100% misinformation. That is funny for a few times. But after awhile, it is a distraction and then downright misleading. It is not a NatGeo. It is a Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous show. It will give the youngsters a feeling that it is normal for kids to travel all over the globe. No family could afford such extravagances. Bottom line- If the children watch the show they may be ill informed about the reality of other parts of the world.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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ELIZABETH STANTON'S GREAT BIG WORLD! lives up to its name inasmuch as it exposes viewers to the awesome diversity that spans the globe. From the sparkling white beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the rugged Chinese mountain peaks, no two stops on the tour are alike. Each one boasts distinct natural richness and beauty, not the least of which is evident in the local people and their customs.

This kid-geared show goes a step further to promote cultural awareness and good will by incorporating philanthropy in a unique way, and there are obvious positive messages for kids to get from watching some of their favorite TV stars -- along with the exuberant host -- roll up their sleeves for a good cause. Don't be surprised if the show raises some questions from kids of all ages about issues like poverty, birth defects, and malnutrition, since these are the kind of topics that pop up during the course of an episode, so use the opportunity to discuss the subject of charity as a family.

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