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If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Teamwork, empathy stand out in fun holiday story.

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With charming storytelling and much-loved book characters, this holiday special treats tots to a sweet holiday tale that emphasizes friendship. Mouse and his friends pitch right in to help when Cat fears the worst for his party, demonstrating that many hands really do make light work. In the end, an unlikely hero steps forward to ensure the Spooktacular's success in an unexpected way.

If You Give a Mouse a Pumpkin also takes a welcome approach to the idea of Halloween being a little scary for some kids. Of all the characters, it's Moose (Smith again) -- the largest and most physically imposing -- who needs extra time and confidence to tackle his worries and join his friends in the holiday festivities. As he gradually comes to see the fun side of costumes and light scares, he shows timid viewers that it's OK to have emotions like his and to share them with friends who understand and can help.

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