A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series introduces very basic procedures of rescue tactics for preschoolers, including identifying the emergency, allocating resources, and communicating among team members to execute a safe rescue.
Kids see the cadets learn self-control, patience, and teamwork. The learning curve is steep, and they make mistakes before they get it right, but they apply what they learn to the next mission and are better rescuers because of it. They're a diverse group with unique skills that serve the group and their community well, even if female rescuers are somewhat underrepresented, as only two of the six cast members are girls.
Positive Role Models
The cadets can be impulsive at times, and when they don't give much thought to their rescue plan, they usually wind up failing at it. But with the help of their mentors, they are eager to learn from those mistakes and be the best rescuers they can be.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Top Wing is a preschool series about four young birds training to be community rescuers in their island home. The cadets are good role models for young kids, as they're prone to mistakes but open to learning from them and using the lessons to improve their relationships and the service they provide. Viewers get to see basic representations of rescue operations and understand how team members work together to accomplish a goal. Negative actions always have consequences, but the characters learn from them and improve as a result.
Is It Any Good?
These four young whippersnappers will win over preschoolers in record time, and their experiences promote social skills like communication and working together. Their exuberant but unique personalities remind kids that differences don't have to divide; they can expose us to other points of view and challenge us to see things through another person's eyes. In the case of Swift and his new friends, this translates to a better team of rescuers for their surrounding community.
While Top Wing doesn't overwhelm with its creativity (Paw Patrol fans especially will notice similarities), it caters to preschoolers' emotional awareness by portraying young characters who experience impulsiveness, impatience, and selfishness at times. Happily, the stories spend ample time showing the consequences of these negative traits and what the cadets learn from them, plus how they turn those lessons into better teamwork and service to others.
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