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Miss Danielle's Preschoolbuds

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Read-aloud nature lessons shine in gentle preschool show.

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Teacher/hostess Danielle Lindner, with her refreshingly real Jersey accent and grasp of what interests young kids, is the chief attraction on this series' short episodes. After relating that Arabelle the bat lives in the rain forest and likes bananas and mangoes, she pauses mid-story to say, "Fruit is very good for us. What is your favorite type of fruit? Say it loud so I can hear it!" You can practically hear the preschoolers yelling their answer at the screen.

This show, Lindner, and her stories are charming, but it should be noted that the only stories the hostess is reading are her own. Reading Rainbow this ain't. Though Lindner does have a knack for knowing what will grab preschoolers' attention, such as trips to the doctor or the thought of getting glasses when your friends don't wear them, the stories are written in verse that might strike older viewers as a bit corny: "She's a fruit-eating bat, as you must likely could tell/Who loved to eat fruit, the taste and the smell," says Lindner of Arabelle the bat. But because Miss Danielle's Preschoolbuds is, no surprise, for preschoolers, cheesiness gets a pass.

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