Guillermina and Candelario

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Siblings learn to respect nature, elders, and culture.

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Educational Value

Loving and protecting coastal habitats, marine life, the ocean, etc. The importance of imagination and being able to come up with solutions on your own are also common lessons. Storytelling is used as a teaching tool. 

Positive Messages

Respecting and loving history, culture, tradition, and nature is important. Respect for elders is also important. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Guillermina is younger than Candelario but is the leader of the two. Both grandparents are present, but Grandfather Faustino is more prominently featured. 

Violence & Scariness

Protecting the oceans and marine life from danger is important. Made-up adventures include pirates, etc., but nothing scary. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guillermina and Candelario is a Colombian animated series (available subtitled or dubbed in English) aimed at preschoolers. The characters and some of the stories are specific to the Colombian culture, but it offers fun, universal lessons about protecting coastal habitats and the ocean, listening to elders, and using your imagination for fun and for problem-solving that will appeal to young kids around the world. 

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What's the story?

GUILLERMINA AND CANDELARIO is an animated series about a sister and brother who live on the Pacific coast of Colombia, South America. Six-year-old Guillermina and eight-year-old Candelario are happy and curious kids. They live in a house with Grandfather Faustino and Grandmother Francisca on a small beach, where they are taught a love of music, history, and culture. Faustino also teaches them about respecting and protecting coastal habitats and marine life. They love to spend time with their grandparents, but when Grandfather goes fishing, the children use their imaginations to create their own adventures while they await his return. Whenever they run into problems, they do their best to apply the lessons they are taught to find appropriate ways to solve them. 

Is it any good?

This colorful preschool-oriented series is designed to teach children about respecting nature and protecting marine and coastal habitats. But the show, which is considered groundbreaking in Colombia because it features children of Afro-Colombian descent from a culturally distinctive part of the country, also highlights the importance of having an imagination and using critical-thinking skills when problem-solving. 

At the heart of Guillermina and Candelario is the love of and respect for elders. It underscores how valuable the narratives and traditions they pass down are, and how they contribute to children's lives today. While the stories they tell are sometimes ethnocentric in nature, they all contain universal lessons that kids from all cultures can benefit from. No doubt that children will find them very entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Colombia. Where is it? What are the people like? Is it culturally diverse? What are some of the traditions celebrated by the people who live there? 

  • Guillermina and Candelario have a lot in common. How are they different? Do they always agree?

  • What kinds of things can we learn from watching shows from other countries? Can we understand them even if we don't speak the language or aren't completely familiar with the country or its culture?

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