A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Multiracial cast and good female role models.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character of this tween-friendly fish-out-of-water drama has to overcome plenty of relatable challenges -- with a twist (like rescuing her history homework from a hungry elephant!). The show addresses real issues, from conservation to racism, with a serious but light touch.
Is It Any Good?
The show takes on weighty issues, but handles them with a deft touch so that viewers won't feel they're being preached at. For example, pieces of South African history are introduced as Scout struggles to prepare for an important test, and a friend helps her see parallels between the history of South Africa and the United States. Encounters with wildlife, like the dramatic rescue of an orphaned lion cub, add drama and excitement.
The conclusions to conflicts can sometimes feel treacly and a little too easy. Still, it's nice to see social issues addressed at an appropriate level for this age group -- and refreshing to find a children's TV series set somewhere other than the United States. The cast is multiracial, although the focus is primarily on the white characters. Scout herself is intelligent and likeable, if a bit bland. But the show's interesting setting makes up for that. If you have a half hour to spend, this show is a worthwhile investment.
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