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Parents need to know that Musti is a darling CGI series that follows a young kitten through experiences such as visiting a farm, learning about his shadow, and finding a lost item. Preschoolers can relate to these stories and the array of emotions they raise in Musti and his friends, including excitement, concern, hope, and fear. Musti doesn't always make the right choices, but when he goes astray, he always learns a lesson in the process. Strong messages about the value of friends and family are prominent as well.
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What's the story?
MUSTI is a preschool series that centers on a young kitten named Musti who loves exploring his world and learning about how things work in it. He lives with his parents in a quaint cottage surrounded by woods and friends such as Miss Tortoise and Mr. Rabbit and spends his days having fun, experiencing new things, and solving the small problems that arise for him and his neighbors. From celebrating a special friend's birthday to helping a small duck find the courage to take a dip in the pond, Musti always finds ways to show he cares about those around him.
Is it any good?
Simple in every way but dynamic throughout, this Dutch series is everything that's good about preschool programming. It's visually delightful with bold colors and CGI animation that youngsters will love, and its narrated style gives it a read-aloud quality with similar effect. Not only is it pleasant to watch, its stories clock in at five minutes in length, so it's easy to enjoy this one with your youngsters and still keep the screen time to a minimum.
As for what it teaches those who watch, you can't go wrong with the characters' experiences with everything from planting a garden to dealing with a fear of thunderstorms; affirmations about friendship, integrity, and learning something new at every opportunity abound. With plots that are right on par with what preschoolers understand, Musti is an excellent pick for this age group.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about feelings and how they're portrayed in Musti. Kids: Do you feel comfortable sharing your feelings with those closest to you? Can you easily ask for help when you need it? Why is it important to have people around who care about you?
Use this series to emphasize prereading skills with your preschooler. What color is Musti? How many characters are on the screen at any given time? What shapes make up the objects you see in the background?
Does this show's narration add to or detract from the story? Would you like it better if the characters themselves talked? Kids: Which books are your favorites for read-aloud time?
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