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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nina's World is an animated series about the childhood adventures of The Good Night Show's Nina. The show celebrates multiculturalism and family in Nina's close-knit household, where she's cared for by her parents and her grandmother and elements of their Latino heritage are prominent. Dialogue includes English, Spanish, and even some American Sign Language. Solving problems, embracing new experiences, and forging strong relationships that cross cultural boundaries are strong themes as well.
What's the story?
NINA'S WORLD is the story of 6-year-old Nina (voiced by Isabella Farrier), an imaginative and outgoing kid who lives with her Mami (Michele Lepe), Papi, and Abuelita (Rita Moreno) in a bustling, multicultural community. Accompanied by her best friend, a stuffie named Star who comes to life when he and Nina are alone, Nina explores her surroundings, makes friends, and learns a lot about growing up in the process.
Is it any good?
This lively show celebrates family, friendship, and diversity through inclusive content that incorporates English, Spanish, and even some American Sign Language. Nina's three-generational household reflects the changing American family dynamic, and her doting grandmother is an especially strong influence on her connection to her Latino roots. Simple elements such as her serving traditional meals and using Spanish phrases expose kids to this culture in a natural way. A word of advice, though: Not all the Spanish dialogue is clearly translated in conversation, leaving your kids (and possibly you) to wager your best guess at what's being said (if you don't speak Spanish).
Even so, Nina's World's best aspect is its endearing titular star, who will delight youngsters who tune in for her adventures. She's refreshingly imperfect, and even though her mistakes typically are the result of her eagerness to please those around her, she still has to acknowledge when she's wrong and fix the situation. Finally, kids who are familiar with The Good Night Show will especially like how this younger, animated version of Nina ends each day with a soothing bedtime routine.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Nina's family in Nina's World. In what ways is it similar to yours? How is it different? What makes grandparents such special people?
What elements of your family's cultural history are part of your celebrations and daily lives? Why is it important to know about your heritage? How does Nina's family incorporate their Latino roots?
Kids: To what communities do you belong? Who are the leaders within each one? How do these communities support their members?
- Premiere date: September 26, 2015
- Cast: Rita Moreno, Michele Lepe, Isabella Farrier
- Network: Universal Kids
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Communication, Empathy
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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