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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Einsteins uses art, photography, and classical music as a colorful backdrop for the adventures of four precocious young friends. They make discoveries, work as a team, and use their special musical talents. They call upon the interactive help of the viewer to accomplish each mission. Parents may note the similarities to media produced by the Baby Einstein Company. Disney bought this company in 2001 and teamed up with their creators to produce a show using a similar philosophy of artistic visuals and stimulating classical music to enhance brain development and learning.
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Don't be surprised if your preschooler starts humming Beethoven's Ninth Symphony or comparing Monet and Van Gogh after watching LITTLE EINSTEINS. Each episode begins with an introduction to a specific piece of art and musical accompaniment. Along with photography of nature, big cities, and famous structures, these art forms serve as backdrops for the adventures of Leo, June, Annie, and Quincy, four young animated friends. Each has a unique musical skill but together they always ask for the help of the viewer to successfully accomplish a mission. Leo is six and enjoys conducting. His little sister Annie is four and loves to sing. Quincy is five and plays instruments. And June is also six and loves to dance. Kids learn that special talents are fun, challenging, require practice, and in this case, can be used to solve problems.
Is it any good?
This series is a wonderful means to expose kids to art and music while involving them in stories about likeable characters solving interesting problems. The Little Einsteins' missions involve cute characters and intriguing situations, such as helping a fuzzy caterpillar find a musical tree so it can become a butterfly or guiding a little dragon kite to meet up with other dragon kites at the Great Wall of China. Kids will especially enjoy the character of Rocket, who's just as loveable as the others and capable of transforming into any vehicle shape to get a job done. Preschoolers love the nifty gadgets on Rocket, too, including a Grab Nabber, Drum Thumper, and Look-and-Listen scope.
With songs and dance, it not only holds the attention span of preschoolers, but it also sparks curiosity about beautiful pieces of art and music in their world. It's a refreshing change from today's cartoons. Bravo!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the places the characters in Little Einsteins visit and the problems they solve along the way, as well as about their own special talents.
Families can extend the learning by taking a trip to a museum or listening to selections of the classical music featured on the show. Kids may be inspired to draw, sing, dance, or play an instrument after viewing.
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