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Little ones will love this charming puppet show.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages children's curiosity and love for learning.

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:November 26, 1999
Cast:Ali Eisner, Jamie Shannon, Jason Hopley
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Friendship, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008

Nanalan' Rocks!

Trust me, Nanalan' RULES!!! Characters are great, good plots, great puppetry, and funny! It airs on some PBS Networks (along with Franny's Feet), but not all. It's GREAT FOR ALL!!!
Adult Written byOreobandit April 9, 2008

Pre-school Treasure

I ran into Nanalan' while looking for programs that were good for my Grandson of 2 1/2 years. He LOVED it and was riveted to the tv when it was on. The values and laid-back pace of this program are great for him and I too love the relationship between Mona and her Grandmother. This is a puppet show done by a great group of puppeteers called The Grogs. The shows are done in 1/2 hour segments and are a great relief from the manic nature of most childhood fare on the waves today. Highly recommended to all children, as well as parents-grandparents too!!!
Parent of a 2 year old Written byGrammo B December 21, 2010

Great for young and young at heart!

My 20 month old granddaughter loves it. She runs to the tv as soon as she hears the music for the show. She stands and watches the whole program and repeats many of the words they say. She relates to this show, and I hope it stays on the air for a long time. She is not very interested in cartoon type shows, but does enjoy Franny's feet also.
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