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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hogie the Globehopper is a series for younger kids about the adventures of a traveling tree frog and his friends. As they see the world, Hogie and his crew show various cultures in a positive light, sharing names of significant buildings and new food items. The show can center around discovery of new things rather than adventure, which can be slow at times, but there is often a payoff at the end that makes it worthwhile. Kids and parents who love learning about other cultures should enjoy this sweet show.
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What's the story?
HOGIE THE GLOBEHOPPER is a tree frog that travels around the world with his animal friends, Bernie the dragonfly, and Lorna the duck, in a hot air balloon. Once they get to their latest destination, they're entrenched in the different foods, sounds, buildings, and languages of this new culture. They make new friends and along the way help one another to ensure a payoff (often a party or celebration) in the end.
Is it any good?
The clear goal of this series is to teach viewers about the world around them. In each episode, Hogie and his friends travel to new places, meet new people, learn about significant buildings, and eat different types of food. This helps to educate viewers to various cultures around the world. The characters and artwork in this animated show seem as though they would appeal to a younger audience, yet the writing is clearly for an older group as the vocabulary and description of things would be difficult for a younger child to follow. However, Hogie the Globehopper is effective in exposing and educating children about new cultures.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different places that Hogie visits and parents can point out different aspects of cultures that are different to their own. Parents can also discover the similarities between different cultures and discover that we have more similarities to other people than we have differences.
Kids: What did you see in Hogie the Globehopper that surprised you? What food did Hogie eat today? What was it made of? Would you like to try it? What other things about this new culture interested you? Did that place look like what you expected it to look like?
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