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Parents need to know that True: Wonderful Wishes continues the story of the characters introduced in True and the Rainbow Kingdom. The series follows a young girl named True (voiced by Michela Luci) and her feline best pal, Bartleby (Jamie Watson), who step in to solve problems for their friends with the help of magical wishes. The stories' focus on compassion, kindness, and helping others makes this a great pick for preschoolers and kids, and parents will appreciate the show's additional emphases on patience and conscientiousness. And the fact that True's efforts don't always result in a solution right away is a good reminder of the realities of working out a problem. This vibrant series has strong visual appeal, curious characters, and reliably positive messages for kids.
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What's the story?
TRUE: WONDERFUL WISHES continues the adventures of a kindhearted girl named True (voiced by Michela Luci) and her best friend, Bartleby (Jamie Watson), who together help their friends solve problems with the help of True's magical power to activate the Wish Tree. When a struggle presents itself, True steps up to identify its source before traveling to the Wish Tree to ask for guidance. Equipped with three wishes destined to help, True and Bartleby travel to great lengths to restore happiness to their friends' lives.
Is it any good?
This delightful series offers more of what kids and parents have come to love about True and her compassionate ways. In Wonderful Wishes, she seeks out opportunities to help others, and when she can't manage the job by herself, she finds the tools she needs to do so with others. The process isn't always a quick one, but she's never discouraged in her efforts, and in the end she is rewarded for her perseverance.
What sets True apart from many of her character counterparts is her thoughtful approach to identifying the problems she solves. It's not always obvious what's causing the trouble, and often finding out is a multi-step process that requires patience and contemplation. Similarly, the wishes' roles in a solution aren't always clear from the start, but True trusts herself and their powers, and teamwork eventually wins the day.
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Families can talk about why positive character strengths like empathy and curiosity are important. How do they help True help her friends in Wonderful Wishes? Would she be as successful in doing so if she wasn't so determined in her efforts?
Which aspects of True's world are the most imaginative? Is it fun to consider a place where inanimate objects can think and talk? If you could put thoughts and words to an object(s) in your life, what would it be? Do you like make-believe play?
One of True's best qualities is her ability to resist frustration. How do you handle emotions when you are frustrated, anxious, or scared? Where do you turn for help or guidance?
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