A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Elmo learns how to feed, bathe, walk, and care for a dog. He reads a map with Grover, washes a dog with Abby, feeds the dog treats with Cookie Monster. Songs that the characters sing give facts about caring, bathing, feeding, and being there for a puppy.
Being curious about your neighborhood can lead to adventures. Helping friends can be fun. Learning about new things can allow you to have more responsibility. Home is where you are cared for and loved.
Positive Role Models
All of the friends in Elmo's neighborhood are helpful -- even Oscar the Grouch, who helps Elmo find a dog in need. Elmo's parents respect his wishes, but they also make sure he's going to be responsible for his new project.
Violence & Scariness
Grover's pratfalls are goofy. The puppy rolls down a little hill on a cart. Magical bubbles float up into the air, and the characters need help from the puppy to get down.
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Products & Purchases
Crossover books and toys are part of the Sesame Street brand, but are not advertised on this show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street's Elmo gets to know a new friend in Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy. This animated special features songs about caring about pets, feeding a pet (dog treats), bathing it, and being responsible for its needs. There's some minor peril when the puppy goes for a ride on a food cart without intending to, but nobody is hurt. Abby Cadabby's magic bubbles envelop characters so that they float up without being able to get down, but they are soon rescued. Gentle messages about the importance of home, and clever musical numbers make this show appropriate for even the youngest viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The title is a spoiler, but the journey to get to the goal still counts in Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy. Parents who are interested in introducing a pet, especially a puppy, into the home can consider this welcome content for the youngest members of their family. Gentle lessons about care told through songs are intended to teach the youngest viewers about adopting a pet.
Look a little deeper, and there is a message about the importance of home. Home as the place where one is cozy, cared for, fed, and loved. Even if the new member of the family isn't born in the home, but rather adopted into the home, the elements of "home" are universal. Sesame Street has always delivered messages about love, care, and acceptance. This show is no exception.
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