Toot & Puddle

Friendly pigs, sweet stories, and good messages.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful series 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.

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, this show 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being a good friend. How do Toot and Puddle show their friends that they care about them? 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?

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Parent of a 2 and 2 year old Written bypiper0137 August 6, 2009
age 2+

A great show for little travelers!

What a fantastic show! Our family travels often, and it is wonderful to be able to watch a National Geographic Kids show that isn't boring, aimed at our toddlers that teaches geography in a fun and playful way, so our girls can learn about places around the world before we visit them. There are lots of great lessons here, too; about sharing, being a good friend, and trying new things. We love Holly Hobbie's books, too, and that's a great way to turn off the TV, but still give your kids a chance to connect to the characters. I would highly recommend the TV series AND the books!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old October 2, 2010
age 4+

A perfect show for toddlers and small children!

This is a really good show for little kids. It teaches you about different cultures around the world and what they mean. It also shows you the true meaning of friendship. Parents should watch this with their kids.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 24, 2015
age 2+

Great show for young children

This was a really good show I used to watch it all the time when I was a young kid.But to bad it's not on anymore but it might come back in the future.
What other families should know
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