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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Izzy's Koala World is a documentary-style show about an 11-year-old girl who rehabilitates injured koalas with her wildlife veterinarian mom. The show is mostly filled with warm koala fuzzies, but it does have some mild sad moments when they talk about baby koalas getting separated from their mothers, and when Izzy has to release her koala friends back into the wild. There's also some discussion and visuals of poop (which can offer clues to a koala's health). Overall, this show is excellent for animal lovers of preschool age and above.
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What's the story?
IZZY'S KOALA WORLD follows the real life of 11-year-old Izzy Bee, who helps her wildlife veterinarian mom rehabilitate koalas. Izzy lives with her parents on Magnetic Island, an Australian island that's home to many wild koalas. When injured or abandoned koalas are found on the island, it's up to Izzy and her mom to nurse them back to health. Each episode shows Izzy taking care of the koalas by finding them eucalyptus leaves to eat, doing check-ups with her mom, and of course, giving them lots of cuddles. Along the way, Izzy teaches viewers koala facts, like how they sleep for 18-20 hours a day and only eat eucalyptus leaves. Izzy's goal is to release the koalas back into the wild when they're ready, and several episodes show this bittersweet moment when Izzy says goodbye to her koala friends.
Is it any good?
Animal lovers will absolutely love this fuzzy, cuddly show. In Izzy's Koala World, there's lots of footage of adorable koalas. The theme song is delightful, as are the animated koala graphics that introduce each of the koalas in Izzy's care. Besides the cute overload factor, the series also showcases a wonderful role model in the human star of the show, Izzy. She's super capable and confident as she handles the animals, and also independent as she bikes around the island to collect eucalyptus leaves for the koalas to munch. Kids will learn about koalas and also what it's like to be a veterinarian. The show responsibly reminds kids that they should leave handling injured wild animals to the professionals, and that it's best for wild animals to live in the wild.
Especially sensitive kids might be upset when Izzy talks about koalas getting hurt or separated from their mothers. The injury descriptions are not graphic, and the koala separation stories might show an animated koala with a tear in their eye, but they're not overly sad and are shown in a preschool-appropriate way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk to your kids about what they should do if they ever see a wild animal. Is it okay to cuddle it like Izzy does in Izzy's Koala World? What do you do if you see an injured animal?
Izzy treats her koala friends with a lot of compassion. She's concerned about them and does everything she can to help them get better. How do you think animals should be treated? Should we treat them the same, or different, as people?
It's sad for Izzy when she has to release her koala friends back into the wild. Do you understand why she has to say goodbye to them?
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