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The Monster at the End of This Story

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

TV version of beloved Sesame book helps kids face fears.

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age 5+

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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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