A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn a lot about koalas and being a wildlife veterinarian, but facts are not repeated throughout the episode, which is best for preschool learning.
Emphasizes that it's good to be kind to animals, and also that it's OK to feel sad when you have to say goodbye to animals that move away.
Positive Role Models
Main character Izzy is an 11-year-old girl who is smart, independent, capable. Her mom is also featured in a lot of scenes, and she's a competent wildlife vet.
Violence & Scariness
Mild sadness when Izzy has to release koalas back into the wild, and also when cartoon versions of the koalas are sad about being abandoned by their mothers or lost.
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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.
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.
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