A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches social-emotional lessons like teamwork, courage, compassion, kindness, and self-advocacy. Highlights the importance of education.
Everybody has an essential part to play. Working together leads to success. It's important to have kind and compassionate teachers.
Positive Role Models
Helen leads her students through fun, creative activities. She listens, reflects, and encourages them to work together and be the best versions of themselves.
Helen, who's White, is the only human character. She has a human-shaped doll with blond hair that's often a "damsel in distress" who needs to be saved by others. No depictions of other body shapes, cultural backgrounds, or LGBTQ+ characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Helen's Little School is a French-Canadian-Irish-Russian animated preschool series that features a girl named Helen (voiced by Dawn Ford) who lives out her dream of being a teacher by opening a school for her toys. It's reminiscent of Doc McStuffins in that the toys come to life and look to their kid for guidance. The show teaches viewers about teamwork, compassion, courage, and kindness. Helen learns what it means to teach: to be creative, to give clear directions, and, among other things, to navigate the feelings and behaviors of her toy students. Along the way, she learns lessons of her own, including how to be a better listener. Helen and her human-shaped doll (who often falls into the "damsel in distress" cliché) are White. There are no depictions of other body shapes, cultural backgrounds, or LGBTQ+ characters.
Is It Any Good?
Bright colors, cute music, and positive messages make for educational screen time for toddlers, but it might be too basic for parents' enjoyment. Helen's Little School feels much like Disney's Doc McStuffins in that a girl is a caretaker in a leadership role -- with toys who look to her to help solve problems. Kids might see themselves in Helen as she uses her vibrant imagination to solve the toys' issues. Short episodes make it easily bingeable.
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