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Parents need to know that Franklin is highly recommended for preschoolers and has no worrisome content. The characters are good role models, and the pace and situations are age-appropriate. It's a rare show that celebrates the innocence of childhood.
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What's the story?
Based on a children's book by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, FRANKLIN is about a turtle who is trying to figure out his place in the world. He lives in a village where he and his friends enjoy swimming in the pond, playing outdoors, and going to school. Yes! They enjoy school. For this and other refreshing reasons, parents will feel comfortable letting their preschoolers tune in. Franklin is an every-turtle who is learning his way in his world, and he knows he is growing up. Such self-awareness makes this turtle, who keeps his stuffed animal dog around even when he has outgrown it, very sympathetic indeed. Some educational content and gentle moral lessons add even more value to the series.
Is it any good?
This program gives a glimpse of tranquil living not so often found on the airwaves of American viewers. Franklin ultimately sets a good example of responsible TV programming.
This is a show that takes for granted respect for elders and vice versa. There's no whining, fighting, yelling, provocation, or aggravation. Plus, the characters actually enjoy school -- and for good reason, as teacher Owl sets a wonderful example of how learning can be engaging and fun. Each character has his or her own way of doing things, and all ways are respected. When he's stuck in a rut, Franklin's friends Bear and Beaver encourage him to try new things, like playing different games or beginning a collection. And even when he's challenged by new concepts, Franklin has the support of his family to help him grow.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about voicing opinions. Sometimes Franklin's parents and friends have opinions that differ from Franklin's. How can people voice their views without hurting one another? How can opinions be helpful? What does tolerance mean?
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