A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This series is very educational as it promotes a love of the outdoors while solving problems. Characters often speak in rhyme, which also aids in rereading skills.
Characters are very kind to one another as they work together for the common good of others. When they make mistakes, nobody is reprimanded: The aim is to fix the problem and move forward. In this special, Fig gets frustrated when he can't find an egg, but rather than focusing on the negative, he perseveres and keeps trying.
Positive Role Models
All the characters focus on the positive rather than the negative. While the "big surprise" is almost ruined, the group focuses on finding the eggs, and their perseverance pays off in the end.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tumble Leaf: Spring-a-Ling Surprise is a charming special that's as entertaining and educational as the regular series. As in the usual episodes, main character Fig, a curious blue fox, finds an item in his thinking box and then figures out a use for it while solving his problem of the day. Today's problem: finding some lost eggs along with new friend Bloom the Bunny. Young fans of Fig and his crew will learn more about the outdoors, perseverance, and working with friends to meet a common goal.
Is It Any Good?
This special is just as beautiful and engaging as the regular series, with a focus on having fun outdoors and solving problems with friends. While Spring-a-Ling Surprise lasts a bit longer than a standard episode of Tumble Leaf, the action doesn't slow down, and there's a great payoff at the end. It's a fun, simple celebration of spring for preschoolers, and the vibrant colors usually employed in this stop-motion series are in full bloom here. Plus, the addition of two new bunnies makes it extra special for fans both new and old.
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