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By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cute canine leaps into classic literary stories.

TV PBS Educational 1995
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+
Follow this dog Wishbone as he leaps into real books, showing us that reading is fun and exciting. Who doesn't want to a big reader like Wishbone! Website @

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (9):

Some of the adventure scenes include punching, swordfights, and other types of combat, but the violence is mild compared to other shows, and no blood is ever shed. And Wishbone's junior-high-school owner Joe (Jordan Wall) and his friends are good role models -- they're active and curious, they love to learn, they always try to do the right thing, and they aren't afraid to stand up for their beliefs. Since the terrier's adventures are tied to events in the humans' lives, the whole gang ends up learning an important life lesson by the end of each episode.

Wishbone is a good bet for early elementary-school kids, but tweens who are into edgier shows like SpongeBob may find it dull. Wishbone livens up any scene he's in with his joie de vive gusto, but the human characters' oversimplified dialogue sometimes sounds fake. Because of this, younger kids should be able to follow the story, but older kids may lose interest. A quick wit and free-spirited sense of adventure make it hard to resist Wishbone (plus, he's just so darn cute), and his lively narration invites kids to follow him into the high drama, adventure, and intrigue of great literature. The show is a way to get kids excited about reading, and parents, kids, and teachers can all take it further by organizing creative story-telling events and other fiction-inspired fun.

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