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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mira, Royal Detective centers on a clever young girl who helps the people in her Indian community by solving mysteries. This series incorporates many aspects of Indian culture in authentic ways, including cuisine, music, architecture, modes of transportation, and language. The stories challenge Mira and her friends to work as a team, collecting clues and piecing them together to solve the mysteries that arise in their kingdom. Mira's extended family members are important people in her life, conveying the idea that "family" isn't limited to a nuclear unit. This sweet series includes lively music and just the right touch of fantasy (animals that talk, vehicles that can fly, etc.) for its young audience.
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What's the story?
A young girl gets the gumshoeing gig of a lifetime in MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE. The series centers on 8-year-old Mira (voiced by Leela Ladnier), an Indian girl whom Queen Shanti (Freida Pinto) taps as the next detective to serve her kingdom of Jalpur. When mysteries need solving, Mira steps up to gather clues and piece together a solution with the help of her mongoose pals, Chikku (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Mikku (Kal Penn), and assorted family members and friends.
Is it any good?
There's lots to love about this thoughtfully crafted preschool series and its many positive takeaways. To visit Mira's kingdom is to immerse oneself in elements of Indian culture, from manners of dress to music to traditional celebrations. It's clear that authenticity was a primary goal of the team behind Mira, Royal Detective, and the attention to detail in creating the Indian-inspired setting and in matching voice actors with the characters is evident and appreciated.
Mira herself is delightful to tag along with; she's a friend to everyone, a resourceful detective, and a loyal member of her family and her community. Her willingness to help others and her determination to never give up on a cause make her a good role model for young kids. The show doesn't treat the inherent cultural exposure as a social studies lesson, but for those unfamiliar with Indian culture, the exposure that comes from watching Mira in her surroundings encourages respect for diversity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what Mira and other members of her community teach them about Indian culture. How does their manner of dress differ from what's common where you are? How does life in their community compare to yours? Why is it important to be respectful of differences among people?
What examples of teamwork do you see in Mira, Royal Detective and Mira's work to solve the mysteries in her kingdom? How does working with other people help us to gain a different perspective from our own? On the other hand, what challenges make working together difficult at times?
What character strengths make Mira a good detective? Does she ever give up on a mystery? How does it feel to finally accomplish something that took perseverance to achieve?
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