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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monkey See Monkey Do is a show aimed at preschoolers that focuses on getting a little exercise by imitating the movements of animals. This show promotes physical movement and teaches young children about animals as well, including where they live and what they look like when they move around. The mixture of animation and live-action movement is colorful and gentle and will appeal to young viewers.
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What's the story?
In each episode of MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO, a gentle animated monkey finds himself in a different cartoon habitat: an African savannah, the Arctic, or an American barnyard. He meets an animal there and points out to the viewers how the animal moves differently from people (or monkeys). Live-action preschoolers appear and are led through a short warm-up and then the "Monkey See Monkey Do" dance, with encouragement from the monkey: "Flap your arms and take little steps like the penguin!" After the "Monkey See Monkey Do" dance, a song recaps that day's adventures.
Is it any good?
Preschoolers are fascinated with animals and how their bodies and movements differ from our own, so this short, easygoing show is guaranteed to appeal. Each episode is very short and concise: Kids meet one animal and learn a few things about the way it moves before getting up to imitate those same movements. Kids will love puffing out their chests and walking with pride like a lion or jumping around like a frog. An episode of Monkey See Monkey Do is a pleasant enough way for kids to get up and move while they're watching TV, and those who already are animal-crazy will enjoy it even more.
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