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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It teaches basic skills, like learning how to do simple tasks like posting a letter or checking weather forecasts, and how to problem solve when things go wrong.
The series highlights the important role that grandparents can have in children’s lives. The show’s themes are inspired by the different ways think about the passing of time.
Positive Role Models
Gran Gran and JoJo have a very special and loving relationship. The main animated cast is Black and British. Live action cast members are from different racial backgrounds.
Products & Purchases
The series is adapted from a popular book series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JoJo & Gran Gran is a British animated series based on a series of books that explores the strong bond between a little girl and her grandmother. The cast is diverse, and the lessons it offers range from teaching kids basic skills to highlighting how important grandparents and other extended family can be in our lives. It's sweet, gentle, and a great viewing option for preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet and charming series explores a special relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild. Gran Gran and JoJo go on a range of daily adventures together, including going to the park, repurposing old items into fun new things, and sending newly colored pictures to Great Gran Gran (Llewella Gideon) in Saint Lucia. Throughout it all, Gran Gran gently teaches JoJo new things, like how to check the weather forecast, and how to stamp and post a letter.
The show's universal themes are inspired by the passage of time, whether it be an afternoon spent catching a bus, or the passing of the seasons. All of them will resonate with young kids. But what also makes JoJo & Gran Gran worth the watch is the way it acknowledges and celebrates the enormous role grandparents often play in children's lives. It also highlights the value of the extended family. The diverse cast, which is mostly Black and British, also sets it apart from other shows geared towards preschoolers. Overall, it's a lovely series full of valuable lessons that kids on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from.
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