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Parents need to know that Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace is a Ready Jet Go! Christmas special where Jet learns about the holiday from his friends when they stage a pageant about Santa Claus delivering gifts to young ones across the galaxy. Having mastered most of the Christmas hallmarks, Jet is determined to experience the spirit of Christmas, a feeling Sydney has difficulty describing. An unexpected connection with a peer and some honest communication between them helps Jet understand it at last, leaving viewers with warm feelings about kindness and respect that are just right for the holiday. Two standalone segments introduce viewers to the science of sound as well.
What's the story?
In READY JET GO!: HOLIDAYS IN BOXWOOD TERRACE, Jet Propulsion (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) is eager to know all the ins and outs of this Earth holiday. He turns to his best friends, Sydney (Dalila Bela) and Sean (William Ainscough), to explain the meaning of stockings and Santa, cookies and milk, and gifts under (not atop) the tree, plus the elusive concept Sydney calls "the spirit of Christmas." Meanwhile, Jet's idea for a Christmas pageant gets the green light from Mr. Peterson (Ian James Corlett), and Jet hires Mitchell to ferret out the spirit of Christmas while he's busy directing his friends in the show. But an unexpected turn of events helps them discover its real meaning in a surprising way.
Is it any good?
Jet's enthusiasm for learning continues in this seasonal special, but its focus diverts from science to holiday traditions. In no less entertaining fashion than usual, Sydney and Sean introduce him to the hallmarks of Christmas à la America, right down to Santa's "ho, ho, ho." In Jet's typical way, his jubilance inspires impulsivity that's comical for his young viewers.
Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace has less tangible learning quality than does the series itself, but it more than makes up for it in heartfelt messages about being a good friend and caring for others. Mitchell's predicament as an outsider to a tight peer group illustrates a fear familiar to many kids, and what he learns about communicating his feelings is a valuable takeaway. This and other instances of friendship certainly reflect the spirit of Christmas in this enjoyable tale.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what different characters in Ready Jet Go!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace learn about being a good friend and extending friendship. Why was Mitchell hesitant to join the other kids? Have you ever felt like an outsider? How do you make people feel welcome around you?
How do your family's holiday traditions compare to what Jet learns from Sydney and Sean? What do you think is meant by the spirit of Christmas? Do you know what it feels like?
- Premiere date: December 11, 2017
- Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Dalila Bela, William Ainscough
- Network: PBS Kids
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Great Boy Role Models, Space and Aliens
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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