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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Peppa Pig is a mild and very cute British animation series, suitable for the youngest members of the household. The show's animation is simple and pleasant, and crises revolve around the kind of things preschoolers worry about: visiting grandparents, playgroups, riding bikes. Strong social lessons about kindness, loyalty, and being thoughtful run throughout each episode.
What's the story?
British animated children's series PEPPA PIG revolves around an anthropomorphic pig family: Peppa, who seems to be about 4, her little, barely speaking brother George, Mama Pig, and Daddy Pig, who live together in a house in a village near other members of the extended pig family. In each five-minute episode, Peppa faces an issue typical to a young human child, such as getting scared when thunder claps loudly outside. Peppa's family, and her group of young animal friends help her way through the confusion, and it's all smiles by the end.
Is it any good?
Sweet, gentle, and easygoing, this series is perfect for the younger set, with great voice work and simple animation. The relationship between Peppa and her younger brother George is particularly realistic: Peppa sometimes gets in (mild) trouble for teasing him, or gets comeuppance after underestimating him. It's sort of like Max and Ruby, except there are actually pig parents around to teach lessons.
Children will enjoy the way Peppa and her family members snort as they talk, and they may imitate some of the animal sounds from other characters. But Peppa Pig is low-key enough that it won't send kids barking and snorting and bouncing off the walls when they're done watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Peppa sometimes says things to George like "You have to do what I say." Does he? Is Peppa really in charge in Peppa Pig? Do you feel more like Peppa or George at your house?
Peppa often worries about things like thunderstorms or being able to swim. What are some things you worry about? What do you do when you have a worry? Does it help to watch Peppa triumph over her problems?
How do you show your family that you love them? Do you think Peppa's family is a loving one? How can you tell?
Is Peppa good at listening to her parents? What makes a person (or pig) a good listener?
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