Parents' Guide to

Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Nature's diversity comes to life for preschoolers.

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age 2+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+
For 2-5 year olds. Teaches kids about animals and nature with cool, fun, bubbly characters that make you wanna have fun! Check out their website @
age 2+


There aren't a lot of options for under age 3 but I think this is one of them. It's educational and fun to watch together. I don't love the animation but there are worse options out there.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Mama's stories always gather a rapt audience of savannah animals, and the listeners are treated to tales of life in the far reaches of the world to which Mama has traveled through the years. She shares with them – and the viewers – her library of wildlife films from across the globe, explaining how animal behavior and lifestyle varies among species and the reasons for the differences. In one segment, for example, Karla becomes frustrated with her appearance when her stripes make it difficult to play hide-and-seek. Using video footage of peacocks and parrots, Mama reminds her that some animals are proud of the features that make them different. She also explains that in some cases – as with the poison dart frog of the rainforest – a vibrant appearance can act as a warning to predators that they wouldn't be a tasty meal.

Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies gives preschoolers a close-up view of the stunning diversity of the natural world, and parents (if not the kids themselves) will find that many of the lessons the series touts (like why it's important to listen to adults and why sleep is important, for example) also relate to the youngsters. The show's gentle stories, sweet characters, simple animation, and African-inspired music make for a pleasant viewing experience for kids and their parents.

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