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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SamSam is an animated series geared toward preschoolers. The messages are universally positive, and it's full of life lessons about problem-solving, friendship, and other things small children can relate to. The show's characters are featured in a comic book series.
What's the story?
SAMSAM is a 3-D animated series featuring the universe's smallest superhero. As SamSam learns how to use his powers, he gets help and advice from his mother, SamMummy, his dad, SamDaddy, and his loyal teddy bear, SamTeddy. He flies his SamSaucer and uses his smarts and a lot of imagination to battle space pirates and other threats to Sam Planet. But while he works at being the ultimate superhero, he also learns important life lessons.
Is it any good?
The popular French series (which has been translated into multiple languages) encourages preschool children to problem-solve in ways that are understandable and engaging. It features positive themes about friendship, facing fears, and listening to parents, all of which are presented in ways that are fun and goofy. It also thoughtfully targets preschool-specific issues such as bed-wetting (which is blamed on cosmic monsters called "Wettabeds") and other challenges that young children must negotiate.
Each segment is short and entertaining and sometimes features fun musical numbers and creative characters that are used to create teachable moments. Thanks to overall universal appeal, young children from multiple cultures can easily be drawn into the story world of SamSam. Best of all, it lacks some of the more annoying qualities featured in children's animation (such as repetitive theme music) that can potentially make parents nuts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imagination in SamSam. What does Sam like to pretend to be? Why is it fun to imagine?
How can TV and other media can help kids learn about things such as making friends, using the toilet, and other social and life skills?
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