It's a Big, Big World

Common Sense Media says

Engaging show with good messages for preschoolers.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Topics in geography, geoscience, and bioscience are integrated into the stories with the characters learning and solving problems together

Positive messages

Characters learn to live peacefully and happily with others.

Positive role models

The usual troublemakers are impulsive young brother/sister marmosets Smooch and Winslow, and trickster howler monkey Oko, but the gentle guidance of main character Snook and wise old turtle Madge always irons things out in the end. Sloth Snook speaks and moves comfortingly slowly.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know each episode features a conflict shared by loveable animal characters. The tree they all live in is a metaphor for the world, filled with diversity and unity. In addition, topics in geography, geoscience, and bioscience are integrated into the stories with the characters learning and solving problems together.

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Kids say

What's the story?

From the creator of Bear in the Big Blue House comes another great show for young preschoolers using puppets to demonstrate characters living peacefully in the world. Their world is a gigantic tree filled with homes for all sorts of interesting and adorable creatures. The host is a tall sloth named Snook who is narrator, peacekeeper, problem solver, singer/dancer, playmate, and most of all -- a dependable adult caregiver. Other characters include sibling marmosets Smooch and Winslow, Wartz the tree frog, Bob the anteater, Burdette the bird, Ick the fish, old monkey Oko, and Madge, an ancient turtle with a map of the world on her shell. There are adult characters too, who help the child characters when needed. They're all very different in how they look and move, yet they all share the same tree and coexist peacefully and happily.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show represents diversity in our world. In what ways are we different and the same? Families can also talk about the ways the child characters solve their problems using communication, critical thinking, and turning to caring adults for support.

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byhondurab June 18, 2009
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2
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Nice for very young, great music! Iffy for 3 due to obnx monkey bro/sis dynamcs

I used to love to watch this with my son between 1-2, but now that he's 3 y/o, I don't really like the dynamics between the brother&sister monkeys. I think when my son is 4 or older, I'll feel more comfortable with it again (maybe). I do like that they portray the sloth and the turtle as adults, and the rest as kids with appropriate interactions. I just don't like the influence of spazzy, bratty name calling and such between the siblings. Even though it all gets resolved and teaches a lesson, that doesn't stop it from being an example that is absorbed regardless of the sequelae. LOVE the MUSIC and SONGS and the way the information is brought out.
Adult Written byMikeysmom April 9, 2008
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Wonderful for children

My son loves this show, He dances to the music and actually stays put to watch to whole show unlike other shows that I have presented to him. It helps them to learn new things and see the world as well as getting them involved. It is such an amazing show.
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2013
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2
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I do not know why I have so many memories from PBS Kids...

I have remembered this now-cancelled PBS Kids television series. It has educational value like geography. Not like if it was Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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