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Parents need to know that Miss Danielle's Preschoolbuds is a gentle read-aloud show is appropriate for preschool viewers. Each episode features preschool teacher Miss Danielle reading a story about an animal who has a life experience, such as a trip to the doctor. Stories also teach elemental lessons about nature and animals, and each episode wraps up with a song that teaches children to say good-bye in other languages.
What's the story?
MISS DANIELLE'S PRESCHOOLBUDS is the creation of and stars Danielle Lindner, a New Jersey preschool teacher and owner who is also the author of the Miss Danielle's Preschoolbuds series of books. In each episode, Miss Danielle reads one of her books about a talking animal friend who has a problem and learns how to solve it, while illustrations from the book are shown on-screen. Sometimes Miss Danielle pauses to ask a question of the audience, or to show viewers animals like the ones in the story. And every show wraps up with the good-bye song, where we learn how to say "good-bye" in many languages.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reading and stories. What do kids enjoy about story time? Does Miss Danielle's Preschoolbudsmake your kids want to read more? Why is reading so important?
Kids: Do you have a favorite teacher? What do you like about him or her?
Stories and shows for young children often feature talking animals. Why? Why not talking people, or animals that can't talk?
Themes & Topics
For kids who love preschool fun
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