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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hello Ninja is a short but sweet show inspired by the popular picture book of the same name written by N.D. Wilson. The series is aimed mainly at preschool-age kids, with episodes focusing on positive themes like teamwork and problem-solving and less on fighting. There are multiple strong female characters represented, along with a high-kicking feline sidekick who joins in on the fun.
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What's the story?
HELLO NINJA is the story of BFFs Wesley and Georgie, a young boy and girl who tackle everyday situations like finding a lost pet or whipping up a PB&J by disappearing into a world of imagination. In this world, they're not just kids, they're brave little ninjas with a penchant for turning seemingly banal tasks -- like cleaning up spilled jelly -- into "critical missions" that help them learn values like personal responsibility and teamwork. Like any good heroes, the kids have a sidekick, too -- a goofy orange cat named Pretzel.
Is it any good?
Though the animation is nothing special, it's pleasant enough, and young viewers are likely to dig the hyper-colorful, not-too-long episodes for their sweet humor and imaginative storylines. Hello Ninja sets up Wesley's grandmother, Baa Chan, as a major influence on the kids. It's refreshing to see an older female character portrayed as not only wise, but also active and vital. Baa Chan is often the person introducing the life lessons they'll learn -- like patience and honesty -- when the team enters the "ninja realm," and she is cleverly represented there by a vibrantly-hued dragon named Kuma. Hello Ninja is a sure bet for fans of similar action-oriented shows with a message, such as PJ Masks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the power of imagination. How does pretending to be ninjas help Georgie and Wesley get things done? Do you need to be a "hero" to have confidence?
How does the Hello Ninja TV show compare to the book of the same name? What are other favorite TV shows or movies you enjoy that are based on books?
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