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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun, goofy series has life lessons for preschoolers.

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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.

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