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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WellieWishers is an animated show featuring a group of five friends who have gentle adventures in gardens and backyards. The group of friends are typically involved in mild dilemmas and treat each other with kindness, though two characters are somewhat demanding and impetuous at times. Every girl is additionally clad in a big puffy party skirt, not the most sensible attire for outdoors play. It's a mild, mellow show that younger kids will enjoy, though some may be tempted to ask the matching American Girl dolls.
What's the story?
In a pastel rainbow-colored garden, the WELLIEWISHERS, a group of five female friends who wear rubber boots to play outside, have nature-centered adventures. Perhaps a small tree is languishing under a bigger one because it needs more light or a storm ruins the girls' plans to build a snow fort. By working together, the WELLIEWISHERS always find a solution, learn a few things about animals and the outdoors, and end each episode with a song all the friends sing together.
Is it any good?
Absolutely beautiful 2D animation is the high point in this outing: The show has real eye-appeal: pink trees, winsome pointed chins, giant flowers in Easter egg hues. The friends' adventures are fun to watch, too: What young girl (or boy, for that matter) doesn't want to hang out with a group of best friends, tromping around the woods looking for fairies and rescuing baby animals? It's pleasant and a mellow option compared with more frantic, fast-paced shows.
The show can be a mixed bag; sometimes the girls act in stereotypical ways -- for example, when Willa (Lily Sanfelippo) picks up a worm to feed a bird, the girls fall about shrieking: "Double yuck!" "Bleah!" But they also appear to notice Willa's fearlessness, and the way they work together to gently solve problems is something young viewers can learn from.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. What do the five WellieWishers like about each other? How do they work through challenges while still staying friends?
Families can also talk about nature. The girls spend a lot of time outside, exploring and having fun. How do you explore the world around you?