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Parents need to know that this engaging animated series for preschoolers -- which doesn't have any questionable content to watch out for and teaches important messages about friendship, honesty, and loyalty -- is based on Eric Rohmann's Caldecott-winning picture book of the same name. In each story, the animal friends learn that it's easier to solve problems when they work as a team and think creatively.
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Based on Eric Rohmann's Caldecott-winning book, MY FRIEND RABBIT follows the adventures of a group of animal pals who discover that the bonds of friendship and the strength of teamwork allow them to overcome any obstacle in their path. Characters include team leader Rabbit (voiced by Peter Oldring); his best friend, Mouse (Robert Binsley); innovative Hazel the squirrel (Denise Oliver); and lovably naïve Thunder the rhinoceros (Jeremy Harris). Each episode follows the friends as they encounter a challenge or puzzle that forces them to work together to find a solution. The animal pals are always willing to pitch in and help each other out, and with creative thinking and a thoughtful approach to problem solving, their teamwork always yields an answer.
Is it any good?
As cartoons go, this delightful series is as mild as they come. Simple, linear animation creates a peaceful viewing experience that both preschoolers and parents will enjoy. The stories move at a pace that's just right for 3- to 5-year-olds, and the dialogue verbalizes every move of the characters' problem-solving processes so kids can think critically as they follow along. Youngsters will relate to the types of issues the characters encounter and will benefit from the show's strong messages about friendship, teamwork, and learning from mistakes.
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Families can talk about the problems that Rabbit and his friends encounter and how they solve them. Kids: What question or issue did the characters face? What questions did they need to ask to get to an answer? Who helped along the way? What did they do?
Why is teamwork important when you're trying to solve a problem? Have you ever needed to rely on friends for help? When? How did they help?
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