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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Big Big Friend is a preschool series about a group of three friends, each of whom has their own imaginary friend. The kids and their animal buddies (which only they can see, of course) explore their world and have small adventures, such as a picnic day, show-and-tell at school, or caring for a real pet. In their travels, they learn some fun facts as well as social skills, such as how to be polite or tell the truth. One of the characters, Lili, can be a bit contrary, which preschoolers might find tempting to emulate, but lessons are always learned in the end.
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What's the story?
In MY BIG BIG FRIEND, Yuri, Lili, and Matt are normal-sized friends who love to spend time together. As it happens, they each have an imaginary friend who can be seen by all three kids (but not by grown-ups), and the six pals go on all kinds of adventures together in their imaginations. The "big big" animal friends, blue elephant Golias, pink giraffe Nessa, and green kangaroo Bongo often help their real-life companions work through problems as they explore and learn.
Is it any good?
This sweet series can help kids get their imaginations going; it's fun to watch the characters and their imaginary friends make discoveries. Younger kids will like the animal characters and the pastel world being explored, while older preschoolers will take the subtle lessons to heart -- for example, the difference between having fun with your imagination and telling little white lies to others, as when Lili brings a flower to school and exaggerates quite a bit about how she grew it and its origins. My Big Big Friend occasionally has the potential to be shrill, such as when the kids are arguing or whining, but generally it pulls back into its usual pleasant pacing and storylines.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imagination. What's fun about using your imagination? Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Does My Big Big Friend inspire you to be more imaginative?
Families can also talk about real-life friends. What makes a good friend? How do the three kids on the show support each other?
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