Parents' Guide to

Rhymes Through Times

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Catchy short lessons in Black history for little ones.

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School House Rocks Meets Social Impact

This series is simply inspired. Love the fact that Noggin combined history and civics with music and justice themes. My kids and my family also just love their contributors— Chris Jackson from Hamilton and Lion Forge Animation— they made Hair Love! This is a total wow.

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With its quick, catchy, and easy to digest spin through some of the high points in Black history, these short films are a worthy introduction to racial inequality for very young kids. Rhymes Through Times boils down complex ideas into a form preschoolers can grasp, simplifying concepts like school segregation: "There was a rule in place back then that said people with different color skin, they couldn't be in the same school and shouldn't be friends," sings Christopher Jackson in the first episode, "Hero," which relates the story of Ruby Bridges and Thurgood Marshall. Ruby, personified in the form of Bubble Guppies' Zooli, spins around and says, "Wait, that doesn't make any sense." Kids will get it, and with their fierce sense of injustice, they'll feel it too.

Putting its messages in the mouths of characters preschoolers are likely to already be familiar with was a genius move too. Katherine Johnson got her due as a role model for adults in Hidden Figures, but explaining her part in space exploration to very young children could be a tough row to hoe. But with Nella the Princess Knight portraying the mathematician, it's easier for kids to relate to a young girl who saw "numbers as beautiful things" as Rhymes Through Times' second episode, "My Best," tells us. Parents who struggle to explain Black history to their young children will find Rhymes Through Times to be a fun and worthwhile jumping-off point.

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