Parents' Guide to

It's a Big, Big World

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Engaging show with good messages for preschoolers.

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Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+
For 2-8 year olds. It an awesome show! You get to hang out with tons of animals in the world tree, where they live, exploring animals and plants around there. It shows the science can be fun! Check out there website @

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Great messages
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age 2+

Good Entertainment Now, Good Opportunity to Learn Later

My son is under a year old, but we do allow very limited screen time, and this is his favorite show. No, it doesn't have as much educational content as some other programs, but it does provide good opportunities to learn (and talk) about living with diversity, respecting each other, etc for toddlers and preschoolers. At his age, however, my son is more concerned with the bright colorful characters, catchy music, etc. So for now, it entertains him. Later, it can teach him about being a small part of a big world in which not everyone will agree with or be like him. (Bonus: He giggles through every episode. What mom can resist that?)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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IT'S A BIG BIG WORLD's puppetry is Banraku: puppeteers dressed in blue operate each puppet in front of a blue screen, giving the characters great range of expression and flexibility. The colorful background is added using computer-generated animation in real time. The effect is quite rich, full of depth and vibrancy.

The show is geared toward preschoolers who are moving from playing on their own or next to friends to playing with others and learning to negotiate, communicate responsively, and compromise. It may bore kindergartners on up, who have mastered these skills. But for younger kids, this is a highly recommended program.

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