True: Grabbleapple Harvest

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sweet seasonal tale emphasizes mindful problem-solving.

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Educational Value

True's actions remind viewers of the value of mindfulness and asking for help when it's needed.


Positive Messages

Kids see True deal with problems in a calm, mindful manner that ensures effectiveness and respects differences in others. Even though Glummy Glooma's melancholy causes trouble for everyone with regard to the harvest traditions, True never judges him for it and works to solve the problem without criticizing. Story emphasizes value of embracing changes in life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

True is thoughtful, kind, always chooses to see the best in people and the potential in every situation. Glummy Glooma's gloomy nature inconveniences those around him, but his friends accept him for who he is.

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This special relates to the series True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that True: Grabbleapple Harvest sees young True of True and the Rainbow Kingdom step up to help when a favorite autumn tradition is threatened. As fans have grown used to, True takes a thoughtful and calm approach to solving the problem, working with the Wishing Tree's gifts to her to find a creative resolution. In so doing, she illustrates the importance of respecting other people despite differing opinions, reminding kids that you can disagree with someone and still be friends. This story also promotes the idea that while embracing change can be difficult sometimes, it's important to acknowledge that better things could come from it.

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What's the story?

It's autumn in Rainbow Kingdom and everyone is eagerly awaiting the annual GRABBLEAPPLE HARVEST, when the grabbleapple trees drop their ripened fruit, change colors, and go to sleep for the winter. True (voiced by Michela Luci) and her friends wait patiently for their chance to eat the tasty treats, but when Glummy Glooma (Cory Doran) arrives for his part in the process, he tastes the sour fruit and decides to leave things as they are instead of helping usher in the new season. Now not only are the treats in jeopardy, the trees won't get their nap because Glummy refuses to summon the clouds that will lull them to sleep. It's up to True and the Wishing Tree's three wishes to find a way to get the harvest back on track.


Is it any good?

This seasonal gem celebrates the joy of welcoming change and the promise of better things it can bring. Glummy prefers to stick with the unfinished business of unripe fruit and unseasonal trees, but the rest of Rainbow Kingdom knows that there's more to the change than just losing what's already there; instead it's about being excited about what's coming next.

True's ability to solve problems is greater than the Wishing Tree's own fruits that serve as the tools she needs. In fact, she acknowledges that she doesn't always understand how she will use the wishes she's granted, but it's through her critical thinking that she works out the means to do so. With careful contemplation and a willingness to be open to different ideas, True shows viewers of True: Grabbleapple Harvest a healthy method of problem-solving that favors mindfulness and asking for help when it's needed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how True demonstrates compassion in True: Grabbleapple Harvest. Why is it an important quality to have in everyday life? When did someone show you compassion, and how did it feel?

  • Why are changes important in nature's seasons? What evidence of these changes do you see in the fall? What aspects of change can be scary in real life, and how can you cope with them?

  • How do you handle gloomy or sad emotions? When you feel sad, does it affect how you relate to other people? What are some healthy outlets for those times when you are sad?

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