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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though this very kid-friendly program is intended for preschoolers, it's charming enough that parents will get a giggle as well. Kids learn about love, patience, cooperation, and respect through funny skits and games. The show also encourages children's curiosity and love of learning and also features grandparents as caretakers.
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What's the story?
Created by world-famous puppet troupe The Grogs, NANALAN' is a wonderful preschool program that tells the story of a very funny and curious 3-year-old named Mona (voiced by Jamie Shannon). Every day, Mona's mother drops Mona off at her nana's, where she learns and plays. Like most preschoolers, Mona is very excited to explore the world around her. She loves to chat with Nana's neighbors, collect bugs, and play with Nana's dog, Russell.
Is it any good?
Nanalan' succeeds in capturing kids' concerns and perceptions and is usually spot on with its sense of humor. Some of the puppets, like Nana (who's voiced by Jason Hopley), have quite detailed human like faces, while others -- like Mona -- have simpler features. But all of them respond to situations in funny, charming ways.
Emotional responses to curious discoveries is a very important aspect of a preschooler's life, and Nanalan' captures this excitement perfectly. It also depicts a positive relationship between Mona and her nana -- a caretaking example that helps kids learn that families come in all types and sizes and that every family situation is unique. All in all, Nanalan' will delight your little ones and will probably make you giggle as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationship Mona has with her nana. In every episode, Mona's mother drops her off to be looked after by her grandmother; this could spark some good discussion about contemporary family dynamics. Why does Nana look after Mona? What makes a family a family? How do you think Mona feels about spending her afternoons with her nana?
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