A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show incorporates some basic pre-reading skills like counting and colors in an informal way. Some stories also introduce kids to concepts like how magnets work.
Preschoolers see a close-knit family with members who work and play together. In each story, a problem is encountered and solved in a way that teaches kids the value of strong relationships and teamwork. Henry expresses his feelings in a manner that will resonate with preschoolers.
Positive Role Models
Characters have differences of opinion about how to handle problems and sometimes don't get along (they are monster siblings, after all), but they reach compromises in a friendly way. Everyone chips in to do his part, and they celebrate the results together. Siblings and friends respect each other's unique qualities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Henry Hugglemonster introduces preschoolers to the social dynamics among family members and friends and illustrates positive messages about teamwork, solving problems, and helping others. The characters sometimes disagree, are moody, and get their feelings hurt in realistic situations, but they work through them by sharing their thoughts and reaching compromises. A strong nuclear family structure is at the heart of Henry's world, and most of the time his siblings are his closest friends. Basic preschool skills like counting and sequences are included in many of the stories.
Is It Any Good?
Henry Hugglemonster offers preschoolers a delightful hero who's always up for adventures and never misses a chance to learn something new. As a middle kid in his family, Henry always has feelings to share with his viewers, and his interactions with his parents, siblings, and friends model positive communication and relationships for tots.
Based on an award-winning children's book called I'm a Happy Hugglewug by Irish author Niamh Sharkey, Henry's stories will resonate with the preschool set because they're seen through his eyes. The appealing characters are surpassed only by creative animation that brings to life Henry's monster-filled world and all the unique personalities within it, so there's a lot to like about this energetic, well-rounded preschool series.
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