A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The stories incorporate concepts of science as they relate to the characters' activities, pointing out how animals' behavior differs when they animal is diurnal as opposed to nocturnal, and explaining what a super moon is, for instance.
Kids see Oona and her friends having fun learning about their environment and the creatures that live there, all while demonstrating positive social skills such as working out problems together and helping their neighbors. They adapt to new challenges, use curiosity when they want to know something, and express gratitude and care for each other. Self-control is an additional theme.
Positive Role Models
Papa and Mama are loving caregivers who encourage Oona and Baba to explore and learn to their hearts' content. Stories often follow them caring for their youngsters by providing food, keeping their home safe, and tending to the kids' many needs. Inspired by them, Oona is another excellent role model for Baba, leading by example and keeping a watchful eye on him on their excursions.
Violence & Scariness
Oona and her friends talk about not getting along with seagulls, and they cower when the birds fly by, but they don't interact.
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Light potty humor: Mossy the pygmy shrew has a stink gland that produces an epic farting sound.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Puffin Rock is a gentle preschool series that introduces kids to some basic concepts of science as they relate to the characters' explorations of their island habitat. As kids see the characters play and explore, they learn about different animal species and their respective behavior, including whether they're nocturnal or diurnal, what they eat, and where they live. There also are many positive qualities to the characters' relationships, presenting kids with excellent examples of loving family members and caring friends. And the delightful narration by grown-up favorite Chris O'Dowd doesn't hurt, either.
Is It Any Good?
Darling, kindhearted Oona will make fast fans of preschoolers who tune in, and they'll learn about various matters of science along with the puffin chick. She and her friends are curious about everything they see and hear in this beautifully animated, sweetly scripted show, and it inspires that same sort of enthusiasm for learning in the show's viewers. That said, the show's narrated style makes it feel more like an animated story time than a classroom lesson, so kids won't even realize there's more to the content than the cute characters' antics.
Puffin Rock also has great things to show kids about family and friend relationships, and parents especially will love Oona and Baba's sweet sibling camaraderie and Oona's willingness to play the role of mentor to her tagalong brother. These characters have a lot to offer preschoolers who watch, and the show's gentle pace makes it enjoyable to watch.
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