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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Super Wings exposes preschoolers to the world's geographical and cultural diversity through the adventures of a friendly and helpful airplane named Jett. Kids will learn about the landmarks, language, and customs of each new setting in age-appropriate ways as Jett makes new friends, and there are strong messages about teamwork in how all the characters work together to solve problems. This delightful show is an excellent introduction to the concepts of diversity and world customs.
What's the story?
SUPER WINGS follows a friendly plane named Jett (voiced by Luca Padovan) as he spans the globe delivering packages and helping the people he meets. At each destination, he learns about the area's culture and landmarks while he helps his new friends work out some sort of trouble. When the task calls for more hands on deck, he's joined by his aircraft friends, all of whom can transform into robots to better help.
Is it any good?
With Jett at the controls, the world is a kid's classroom in this charming series that introduces them to the planet's cultural diversity. At each stop, viewers learn about how the local people live, dress, eat, and play, all through the characters' interactions within the story. It's such a natural learning experience that kids won't even realize they're absorbing a wealth of cultural knowledge just by watching. Even geographical references are made in a way that this age group can understand with ease, thanks to simple illustrations of recognizable landmarks (the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and so on) on a globe.
The characters' experiences also teach kids about working together and thinking creatively to solve problems. Sometimes that's achieved by Jett and his new friends alone, but more often it requires the help of one or more of his Super Wings friends, which reminds kids that even the most capable of us needs assistance at some point.
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Families can talk about the places Jett visits in Super Wings. In what ways are they different from where you live? How does the climate and manner of dress compare? What is notable about the geography there?
How does this show demonstrate the similarities that exist among all people regardless of where they live? What do you have in common with the characters? Can differences be a good thing?
Kids: Does this show make you want to see some of these places in person? Which are your favorites? What would you like to see and do while you're there?
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