Parents' Guide to

Handy Manny Great Garage Rescue

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sweet bilingual story celebrates community and family ties.

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age 2+

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age 2+

Need this DVD!

Of all the Handy Manny episodes that were on TV in 2011, "The Great Garage Rescue" episode kept the attention of my 3 year old grandson whom we suspect is ADD or ADHD (doctors won't commit to anything). Where can I purchase this episode? Or put it back on TV. He has been quite difficult to get to sleep without his Handy Manny.

Is It Any Good?

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This 45-minute special will captivate preschoolers with its colorful characters and their big personalities, and the varied cast illustrates for kids how diversity strengthens a community. Just as each person has a job to do -- and each tool performs a specific task -- it's the cooperation among the many different players that culminates in a successful job. This feel-good message exists in each of Ruben and Manny's repairs, each interpersonal relationship, and of course, the overall story of working together to save Ruben's garage.

It's impossible not to like these delightful characters and their cooperative approach to solving problems. There's even more cause for celebration in the story's strong messages about family heritage as it relates to Manny and Ruben's pride in their family's business and in their Hispanic culture. Even the songs in Handy Manny Great Garage Rescue incorporate kid-friendly themes in their lyrics, ensuring that kids won't miss out on the hearty content that this feel-good story has to offer.

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