A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't based on a particular curriculum, but kids will learn about things like teamwork, curiosity, and problem solving.
Episodes promote positive issues like self-acceptance and taking responsibility for your actions.
Positive Role Models
Willa herself is resourceful and spunky, and her animal friends are always dependable. Willa's father is involved with his daughter, but in many of the stories, she has to turn to her animal pals for help and guidance because her dad is busy working.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series from the creator of Oswald is perfectly age appropriate for young kids. The simple stories are easy for kids to grasp, and they'll likely relate to some of the issues Willa faces (like wanting a certain hair accessory because it's "cool"). They're also sure to get a kick out of the wacky situations Willa and her friends find themselves in. If a fault can be found, it's in Willa's tendency to rely more on her animal buddies than on her dad for help in a jam, but at least the critters' advice is always sound.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the book An Octopus Followed Me Home by Oswald creator Dan Yaccarino, this pleasant series will surely appeal to kids' sense of fantasy and adventure. Willa's house is the stuff kids' dreams are made of; hardly a cupboard, bathtub, or even toilet exists that's not home to a critter of some sort -- and, what's more, all of them talk! This lucky 6-year-old is set with friends of all shapes and sizes ready to help her navigate whatever the day has in store.
The show infuses kid-friendly stories with humor that young viewers will appreciate and positive lessons that they'll easily grasp. Willa may be a sucker for zany predicaments, but she's also good at asking for help when she needs it and listening to her friends and her father when they give her advice -- which sets a good example for her preschool viewers. Each episode also includes positive messages about values like responsibility and self-acceptance, reminding kids that learning opportunities that exist in everyday situations.
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