A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive social messages about embracing new things and helping friends, plus the show incorporates basic pre-reading skills like colors and counting in some of the stories.
The series celebrates imagination and curiosity, two qualities to which preschoolers will relate. Olive's adventures offer her many opportunities to make new friends, and she welcomes the chance to help them in any way she can.
Positive Role Models
Olive has a generous, caring nature that endears her to everyone she meets. She proves to be a good solver of problems and is willing to try just about anything to help a friend. At the end of each episode, her family laughs off what she tells them of her adventures, though, which seems to contribute to her feeling different from them.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Olive the Ostrich is a preschool series that celebrates imagination, adventure, curiosity, and friendship. The title character is a young bird who feels different from all of her family members and so spends much of her time with her head underground thinking up exciting places to visit and people to meet. In her own imagination, Olive can solve any problem and unlock any clue, sentiments of self-esteem that will appeal to her young audience. The show also incorporates some basic pre-reading skills like counting and color recognition, and it's set to original artwork from kid contributors, so it could inspire your own young artists to try their hand at designing a scene.
Is It Any Good?
Narrated by Rolf Harris and designed to sound like a read-aloud book, Olive the Ostrich appeals to preschoolers' natural curiosity about the world around them and beyond. The use of children's art in the series authenticates its sense of make-believe, since the stories reflect the unique places and characters that come straight from real kids' imaginations. Olive's wide-eyed approach to every new experience validates tots' wonder about places and things they've never seen. The show also offers some happy messages beyond those of the imagination, especially when it comes to Olive's friendly, helpful nature, which often contributes to a turning point in each of her adventures.
On a surprising note, the series seems to play up Olive's sense of distance from her family by wrapping up each episode with an exchange between her and her parents and brother, all of whom get a good chuckle over her retelling of her imaginative adventures of the day. It's subtly implied that this contributes to her plans for a similar escape another day. Ultimately, though, this isn't something that will affect the intended preschool audience, all of whom will be otherwise occupied by Olive's unpredictable escapades, but it may be worth encouraging your kids to experience some real-life adventures with you rather than just make-believe ones on their own.
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