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Parents need to know that Let's Go, Luna! introduces young viewers to cities around the world through the experiences of three animal characters who travel with their parents' circus troupe. In each new place, the kids must solve a problem that sends them on adventures in their new surroundings. They meet locals, taste traditional cuisine, listen to music, see landmarks and unique architecture, and hear bits of the native language. They also learn where in the world their destination lies and a few interesting facts about it. This series is an excellent means of teaching kids about other cultures; more generally, its messages promote the value of new experiences, travel, and associating with people who are different from you. Themes of tolerance, respect, kindness, and friendship abound.
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In LET'S GO, LUNA!, three young friends visit new places as they travel around the world with their parents' circus. With their friend Luna the moon (voiced by Judy Greer), Leo (Aidan Wojtak-Hissong), Andy (Jaiden Cannatelli), and Carmen (Saara Chaudry) explore locales like Mexico City, Cairo, and Moscow, learning about the cultures through cuisine, music, architecture, and traditions. In each story, the friends are faced with a problem that guides their adventures, introduces them to locals, and inspires their curiosity about their new surroundings.
Is it any good?
There's no end to joyful adventures with this foursome of travel guides at the helm. This engaging series tailors the international travel experience to youngsters' attention spans, presenting the exciting possibilities of exploring new places through the focused lens of a few key points in each destination. As Carmen, Leo, and Andy work on problems like finding musicians to fill in at the circus and selecting a special souvenir for a friend, they become immersed in the cultures, meet new friends, learn about special traditions, and even learn a word or two in the local language of each new place.
Let's Go, Luna! excels at delivering strong educational content without feeling like it's teaching. As the characters -- three of whom hail from different countries themselves – are immersed in the sights and sounds of various cities, kids get a sense of how buildings in Moscow differ from structures in Cairo and how people dress differently for their respective climates, even without the characters pointing out the discrepancies. Carmen's Magic Globe shows kids where in the world each new location is found so they can visualize the destinations' proximity to each other and to where they live. Perhaps most importantly, though, this show's global emphasis encourages tolerance and respect for cultural diversity as modeled by the enthusiastic young travelers.
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Families can talk about how the cities that the characters visit in Let's Go, Luna! are similar to -- and different from -- where they live. What can you guess about the climate by how the locals are dressed? What factors contribute to their needing different transportation options than you have? What stands out as something you and they might have in common?
Leo, Andy, Carmen, and Luna are very curious about each new place they visit. How does being curious help you better experience new things? Kids: Do you find it easy to ask questions when you want to understand something better? What other character strengths do you notice in the main characters and those they meet in each city?
Families can relate this series to their own cultural heritage. Do your family celebrations of holidays, meals, or special events reflect your ethnic or faith background? What traditions do you carry on from other generations? Are traditions important from one generation to the next? Why is it important to respect other people's cultures even though they are different from yours?
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