TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Beautiful, gentle series emphasizes emotional awareness.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 1 review

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age 4+

The best kids show ever made!

We've loved the Jon J. Muth Stillwater books for years, and the TV series is a wonderful and beautifully rendered adaptation. This show, like the books, is about a family of bright, respectful kids and their wise panda neighbor. The kids have real-life (but mild and still respectful) disagreements and conflicts with siblings and within themselves, and they seek the advice or sometimes just the presence of their neighbor who always has gentle stories for them. The stories are animated in a simpler style to differentiate from the "real" animation (with a diverse cast of vocal talent), and they help the kids understand how they are feeling, how others might be feeling, or to offer another look at a situation. In one, the youngest boy feels apprehensive about getting a "real" haircut; in another the kids realize their "scary" old neighbor whose pet alligator eats soccer balls that land in his yard is really misunderstood and becomes a good friend. The show is great about indicating the importance of community and friendship. My boys (now 5 & 7) LOVE this show. The only thing they're concerned about is why the kids' parents are never there, but they are spoken of and just remain off-screen. It is amazing how many shows geared toward children feature rude and disrespectful behavior, villains and frightening content, and the generally awful "hidden adult humor" that is almost always in really poor taste! This contains none of that. It is a beautiful show about friendship, mindfulness, appreciating nature, acceptance, and many other things. It is really lovely. My husband and I love to catch a show with the boys, and we feel more than comfortable about them watching an episode without us (even before we have seen it). If you have sensitive, appreciative kids whose brains haven't yet been inundated by the sensory overload of modern movies and bombarded with crazy video games, they might just like this show, too. Or if they have, their brains might just appreciate the break!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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age 3+

Emotionally Intelligent and Well Paced

This show is incredible for young children. It focuses on relationships, emotions and learning important lessons of managing emotions and expectations via fables. The episodes are short. Conflict between characters is resolved via communication and caring for each other. The pacing and transitions are well thought out for a younger audience with a focus and on longer cuts and slow moving scenes. The focus here is on emotion, feelings and how to manage yourself. The music and animation are beautiful. There is a very high budget feel to this production and careful attention has been paid to every detail. Target audience is most likely pre-school to early elementary school age group. This is the best show I have watched with my daughter, so good it inspired me to take the time to write my first review on this site. Stillwater is a hidden gem in a world of overwhelming streaming choices.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
3 people found this helpful.

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