Toot & Puddle
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Friendly pigs, sweet stories, and good messages.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series introduces preschoolers to geographical concepts and other cultures through the characters' travels, highlighting the architecture, traditions, music, and cuisine of their host countries in a simplified way that kids will understand.
Toot and Puddle's adventures reinforce important social skills like respecting others' point of view, asking for help, being honest and fair, and expressing feelings.
Positive Role Models
Toot and Puddle are adventurous and open to learning new things, and they're very good friends to each other and to the other characters they meet.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toot & Puddle is based on the books by acclaimed artist Holly Hobbie is perfectly suited for preschoolers. Toot and Puddle love to explore and learn new things, and their fun-filled adventures include positive social lessons about respecting others, communication, and solving problems. The series also introduces preschoolers to geographical concepts like using maps, and the pigs' worldly travels expose viewers to cultural differences by incorporating local language, cuisine, traditions, and architecture into the stories.
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What's the Story?
Based on the books by Holly Hobbie, TOOT & PUDDLE tells the stories of two young pigs who share an eagerness for adventure and an endless curiosity about the world around them. Each day brings opportunities for best friends Toot (voiced by Joanne Vannicola) and Puddle (Samantha Reynolds) -- and their menagerie of friends -- to discover new things, whether it's in the backyard of their cozy home in Pocket Hollow or across the globe in another country. Through their escapades they also learn important lessons in friendship, respect, problem solving, and conflict resolution, and they discover the beauty in the world's cultural diversity.
Is It Any Good?
This gentle series gives preschoolers and their parents a chance to escape the daily mayhem and cuddle up on the couch for some top-notch storytelling. Enhanced by beautiful animation, Toot & Puddle brings to life a cast of endearing animal characters who delight in discoveries big and small and are always ready to learn ways to be a better friend and a more socially responsible person -- er, pig.
The show's heartwarming stories -- like coming in second in a race or not wanting to listen to others' ideas in planning a party -- are easily related to real-life scenarios for preschoolers, so parents can follow up with discussions tailored to issues their own piglets might be facing. Toot and Puddle's worldly travels will also pique kids' natural curiosity about other cultures as the friendly pigs explore local language, dress, music, and cuisine. If your kids can't get enough of these joyous characters, be sure to head to the library to check out some of their other adventures.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about being a good friend. How do Toot and Puddle show their friends that they care about them in Toot & Puddle ? What problems arise between them? How do they resolve them?
How do the characters use good communication skills to tell each other how they feel? What are some examples of good communication?
What countries did Toot and Puddle visit? What did you learn about these places? What differences exist between our lifestyles and theirs? How are they similar? If you could travel to another country, where would you go?
How do the characters in Toot & Puddle demonstrate communication and curiosity? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: November 16, 2008
- Cast: Joanne Vannicola, Samantha Reynolds
- Network: Nick Jr.
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Book Characters, Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals
- Character Strengths: Communication, Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: October 24, 2022
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