A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches that it's okay to be afraid, and some ways to have courage when you're afraid to do something new.
Lots of great takeaways for preschoolers around the topics of fear, trying new things, and having courage.
Positive Role Models
Characters talk about their emotions, show courage, and help Grover when he's feeling afraid.
Violence & Scariness
Grover shows mild fear towards the monster at the end of the story.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this delightful TV special is the animated version of Sesame Street's beloved classic The Monster at the End of this Book. While the overall storyline is the same as the book, the longer format dives deeper into Grover's feelings and gives preschoolers practical tips for how to find courage when they feel afraid. Grover shows mild fear throughout the episode, but he's never in any real danger, so this special is great for most kids.
Is It Any Good?
The Monster at the End of this Story will exceed expectations and delight kids. Grown-ups can put aside their own fears that this special would be a obvious attempt to squeeze 30 minutes of material from an excellent children's book. While it still has a lot of silly stuff preschoolers love, the social emotional lessons featured in this version elevate it beyond entertainment. The characters spend a lot of time teaching kids about fear -- that it's okay to be afraid, what fear feels like, and how usually the thing you're scared of ends up being not that scary.
The characters show very relatable examples of times when they feel afraid, like Cookie Monster overcoming his fear of broccoli. They talk about how proud they feel when they use courage to try something new. They teach kids two basic mindfulness techniques to help them allay their fears and summon their courage. Grover helps give preschoolers the language they need to talk about big feelings. And as this special premiered in the middle of a global pandemic, it gives kids and grown-ups alike timely tools to help with the unknown monsters on the horizon.
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