Postman Pat

 
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Small-town adventures just right for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Pat is always willing to help a neighbor.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this program promotes social and emotional development, exploration of one's surroundings, and community participation. The show's small-village charm encourages children to get to know their neighbors and make friends. Preschoolers will benefit from the show's lighthearted tales about friendship, safety, and respect for others' feelings.

What's the story?

A long-running classic, Britain's POSTMAN PAT has been broadcast to and loved by young children throughout the world. Featuring stop-motion animation with clay figures, the program tells the tales of a mailman named Pat, who loves nothing more than to make deliveries and help his fellow neighbors in the small English village of Greendale. In Greendale, everyone knows each other and works together to build a happy community, and there is always a project to be completed and a friend to be made.

Is it any good?

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Postman Pat's quirky-yet-loveable villagers will delight preschoolers and provide good examples of neighborly behavior. Pat's interaction with his community illustrates the value of helping others, while also emphasizing the importance of safety and thinking before you act. Plus, Pat's adventures reflect preschoolers' own curiosity and eagerness to explore their physical and social world. The show encourages this wonder and teaches children that they, too, can contribute to their community.

While preschoolers will be happy to watch Postman Pat, slightly older children (up to 8), may also get a kick out of watching Pat and his silly friends tackle problems. As the show is British, children may enjoy the characters' accents and word use. This tendency can add a fun layer: Kids can compare and contrast their world to Greendale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of being polite and lending a kind hand when interacting with others. Why is it important to help others? Should you wait until you're asked to help out? Has your family ever helped your neighbors?

TV details

Cast:Archie Panjabi, Ken Barrie
Network:HBO Family
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byJesusrulz666 July 30, 2010
 
It shows a town in Socialist, Monarchist England, and it shows even with that you can have a wonderful town that has a well scripted TV Show.
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Adult Written bykadams27 April 9, 2008
 

Postman Pat is BRILLANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postman Pat is the only show my son will sit down to watch!! If anyone knows where to buy Postman Pat products - tell us!!!!!!!!!!!!

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