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Tree Fu Tom

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Magical preschool series with thoughtful physical component.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

too much too fast

There's not a lot of substance to this show. Sure, there's a call for movement, but it's too fast for kids to follow or get ready for. I'm not too into the fairies, magic, spells, ect. either. I want to see shows that reinforces what I'm teaching about young boys becoming men.

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It's nothing new for a TV show to virtually interact with its preschool audience. Many have followed the example set by Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, putting characters face-to-face with kids to engage them physically and to solicit their involvement in the story. But Tree Fu Tom takes this style one step further, designing a show around physical gestures that are therapeutic for kids with movement difficulties and a great developmental exercise for everyone else. Multiple instances of varying sequences of sweeping arm movements, stomping feet, and the clenching and relaxing of fists keep kids engaged and physically active, all while drawing them into the magical nature of the show.

Tree Fu Tom benefits from vibrant animation and creative characters, each of whom fills a unique niche within this society and rounds out the show's total package. The stories do a great job of illustrating lessons important to kids' social development, from the repercussions of cheating to the importance of making good on a promise. Viewers see problem-solving, critical thinking, and cause and effect in action, learning through the characters' experiences how to relate to others and cope with adversity.

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