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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series encourages interaction with its preschool viewers and weaves age-appropriate skills like shape recognition, spatial relationships, and problem solving into the plot.
The show is constantly reinforcing its primary (and very positive message): the joy of helping others. Oso is always cheerful about lending a helping paw.
Positive Role Models
Oso never hesitates to help a friend in need, and he uses a variety of tools -- including his own resourcefulness and perseverance -- to work through problems. He listens to directions and applies the skills he learns in training to the everyday challenges he encounters.
Violence & Scariness
Oso's occasional tumbles (down a mountainside during a climb, for instance) never result in injury.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Special Agent Oso encourages preschoolers to solve puzzles as the main character helps kids work through everyday challenges like brushing their teeth and learning to use the library. Age-appropriate skills like shape recognition, chronology, and spatial relationships are emphasized within the context of the plot, so kids learn while they enjoy the stories. The show's best quality is its positive message about the joy to be found in helping others.
Is It Any Good?
Oso is a welcome hero for every kid who's ever envisioned her cuddly teddy bear as a living, breathing best friend. He's the consummate champion for the kids he helps, and preschoolers will relate to the characters' troubles and benefit from seeing how they and Oso follow simple steps to fix them.
Special Agent Oso's interactive format encourages kids to think independently of the characters and try to solve problems on their own, and the educational content ensures that they'll pick up important preschool skills along the way.
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