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Parents need to know that Mouk is a superb preschool series that exposes kids to the world's cultural and geographical diversity through the travels of its main characters. Each episode is set in a different country where Mouk and his best friend get to experience a notable event and some aspect of the local customs. The all-animal cast helps kids picture some of the indigenous species, and small touches in the content -- such as a woman shown weaving baskets in Peru -- give kids visual references of common sights and sounds in each place, all without seeming preachy. Mouk's interactions with the people he meets during his travels also encourage respect and kindness, and his enthusiasm for every experience shows kids the joys of trying new things.
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What's the story?
MOUK follows the globe-trotting adventures of a young bear named Mouk (voiced by Rachel Williams) and his best friend, Chavapa (Tania Farchy). The two pals visit a new place each episode, recalling an exciting experience they've had there to their friends Popo (Lisa Jacobs) and Mita (Jacobs again) by webcam. From watching sea turtles hatch on a Madagascar beach to traveling up a Peruvian mountain by burro, Mouk and Chavapa's adventures teach them about local geography, language, and customs.
Is it any good?
It's a toss-up as to whether preschoolers or their parents will enjoy this exceptional and educational series more. With beautiful animation that reflects the host countries' landscapes, music that complements the content perfectly, and an all-animal cast of characters, Mouk is pleasant to watch and brimming with learning potential. As Mouk and Chapava experience the sights and sounds of the cities and countries they visit, kids do the same by watching, learning how different people of different cultures live, speak, and play.
Mouk also teach preschoolers about friendship, meeting new people, and trying new things. Mouk is enthusiastic about every experience and respectful of the customs of the friends he meets in each place he visits. This joyful collection of adventures is an excellent way to expose preschoolers to cultural diversity and to illustrate how trying new things can help us learn and grow.
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Families can talk about the places Mouk and Chavapa visit. What differences do you notice in how they look? Which are mountainous? Where are there beaches? Can you find these countries on a globe? Which ones would you like to visit?
What does Mouk learn by trying something new in each place? Are new experiences scary or exciting to you? How can having someone with you make something new a little less intimidating? Which subjects spark your curiosity? Where can you learn more about them?
Compare what you see in each place Mouk visits to where you live. Do the people dress differently? What kinds of foods are typical there? What do they do for recreation?
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