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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kate & Mim-Mim is a darling series about a young girl's adventures in an imaginary world where her favorite toy, a stuffed bunny, comes to life. Kids will delight in the show's positive messages about the joy of make-believe, and the content also has good things to say about solving problems, learning from mistakes, and persevering. Mim-Mim personifies emotions common for preschoolers, including shyness and uncertainty, allowing Kate to act as a role model in encouraging and inspiring him. Excellent examples of friendship and a heartwarming parent-child dynamic round out this appealing series.
What's the story?
KATE & MIM-MIM is the story of a 5-year-old girl named Kate and her faithful companion, a stuffed bunny named Mim-Mim (Lee Tockar) who comes to life and grows exponentially when Kate's imagination takes them to the magical world of Mimiloo. Each episode begins with Kate and stuffed Mim-Mim playing at or around their home, where they're confronted by a problem of some kind. With a twirl from Kate and her request for Mim-Mim to come to life, the two are swept off to colorful Mimiloo, where they're joined by a cast of magical friends who help them craft a solution to the quandary. With the problem solved, they head back to the real world so Kate can tell her parents all about their adventures.
Is it any good?
Kate & Mim-Mim does a superb job of tapping into the preschooler psyche and bringing to life kids' boundless sense of adventure, particularly as it relates to the bond between a child and her BFF stuffy. Not only does arriving in Mimiloo transform Mim-Mim into a walking, talking friend, it also shifts Kate into a more grown-up role as she becomes the nurturing, advisory parent-apparent for Mim-Mim and their magical friends. Preschoolers will like the possibilities this opens for the characters in the context of make-believe.
There's a lot to like about this vibrant show and its endearing characters, but what really stands out is the visibility of Kate's parents. Even though the majority of each story follows Kate's adventures in Mimiloo, the time she spends in the real world is usually alongside one or both of them. They foster her imagination by following her lead during play time, and she's always eager to tell them what she's been up to in the world of her making. It's a nice change of pace for preschool TV that doesn't always bring the family dynamic to the forefront.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imaginative play. Kids: What does make-believe allow you to do that you can't in the real world? What roles do you most like to play? How do you incorporate your friends and toys in your adventures?
What do Kate's Mimiloo friends teach her? How is each one unique? Do your kids notice their own friends' unique qualities?
What are some of your favorite activities to enjoy as a family? Are there new adventures you'd like to experience together? Does family time ever involve screen time?
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