Parents' Guide to

Growing Up Animal

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Educational show focuses on life cycles of animals.

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Though the nature footage is extraordinary, the narrative of this series could be more engaging. Not to say there aren't dramatic moments in Growing Up Animal -- there are, but the narrative is as not poetic or subtle as some other nature documentaries that are able find a way to find a little more intrigue in animal life. This series is heavy on educational content -- it would be good fodder for a science class -- but it feels repetitive after a while.

What's important here, though, is the message that the animals we can see on television, but rarely in real life, are living, breathing, caring creatures worthy of our attention. Growing up as an animal is not easy in this day and age, in shrinking habitats with less and less food. Humanizing these animals makes perfect sense in this respect, and the more we can relate, perhaps, the more we will do to save the animals we come to care about in shows like this one.

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