A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series has positive messages for kids about curiosity, adventure, friendship, and the joy of reading as shown through the eyes of a young girl who shares books with her cat.
Adventure and imagination are central to each story, and the characters' experiences present opportunities to solve problems, explore their friendships, meet new friends, and express themselves. There's great diversity among the characters, with regard to both their appearances and their personalities.
Positive Role Models
The characters model healthy friendships and enjoy helping each other solve their problems. Each story begins by showing Lara reading a story to Poppy Cat, which illustrates the joy of literacy and storytelling.
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The show is inspired by children's books by Lara Jones.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this short preschool series is based on picture books by Lara Jones, so it's a great segue into some read-aloud time with your tot. The delightful characters embark on adventures that appeal to young kids' curiosity about the world; along the way they meet new friends who help guide them to their destination. Each story offers Poppy and his friends the opportunity to solve a problem, fix mistakes, express their feelings, and discover something new about their world, all of which has positive messages for preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
Everything about this whimsical short-form series beckons to preschoolers, from the simple animation style to the characters' inherent curiosity, and tots are sure to want to come along for the ride when Poppy Cat and his friends are at the helm. There's no adventure too big -- or small -- for this bunch, and their travels teach them important lessons about relating to others, solving problems, and talking about their feelings. The characters do a very good job of showing (not just telling) kids that even though we're all different, we can still find enough common ground to build a friendship and work together.
Perhaps the best aspect of this show is that it introduces youngsters to a lovable set of characters who can come alive for them in the pages of Jones' books, as well, giving parents a great reason to cuddle up with their kiddies for some reading after the TV's turned off. With a running time of around 10 minutes per episode, there's ample opportunity to work in both to the routine.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.