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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a cartoon for preschoolers that teaches lessons about solving problems, working together, and recognizing the contributions that everyone makes to a community. A primary lesson in the series is for kids to see heroes are not only firefighters, but grocers, farmers, and telephone operators.
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What's the story?
HIGGLYTOWN HEROES consists of two 15-minute episodes that focus on the daily challenges faced by a group of friends including Eubie, Kip, and brother and sister, Wayne and Twinkle. Also in the mix is Fran, the red squirrel, as the voice of reason. Their challenges may include how to find star-shaped pasta in the grocery store for the Super Special Soup Slurp Night, how to get Grandpa unlocked from the bathroom, or how to care for an unhappy bird. Inevitably the characters face any given situation by singing the signature song, "Someone special, who could it be..." And ta-da, who should appear but the featured hero (featured voices have included Cyndi Lauper, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Betty White).
Is it any good?
Preschoolers will enjoy the colorful visuals and characters of Higglytown Heroes. Parents can appreciate that the show has positive role models and messages. Characters have real-life qualities and situations -- for example, Wayne and Twinkle are of color and appear to have a single mother. Eubie is being raised by his Aunt Millie and Uncle Zooter. The message? There are all different makeups of loving, happy families.
For younger preschoolers, it is a wonderful show to celebrate everyday people and what they do to make giant contributions to their world. It helps kids learn to face their problems, work with a team, and know that it's okay to ask for help.
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