A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The stories are rich in positive messages about helping others and believing in yourself. Bianca learns that no new skill comes easily; everything takes practice and patience to master.
Bianca's "wish magic" can take her anywhere she wants to go, which can inspire imaginative play in young viewers. She doesn't always get it right on the first try, either, so she must learn from her mistakes and practice to get better. Recurring positive themes illustrate the importance of making good choices and thinking of others. Wishes granted sometimes oversimplify more complex problems like feeling self-conscious or battling stage fright, but the stories also make a point to show the characters helping each other in non-magical ways.
Positive Role Models
Bianca's mom is a strong mentor for her, helping her hone her magical skills and joining in on her many adventures. Bianca is outgoing and a devoted friend, always using her special talents to help those around her through their struggles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wishenpoof! is a fun preschool series about a girl with the magical ability to grant people's wishes. Kids will love the imaginative possibilities her adventures suggest, and you'll appreciate the persistent positive messages in the friendly characters' adventures. Bianca learns to exercise patience as she practices her skills (not always with success, mind you), and she uses her gift to bring others joy. She has a strong role model in her mom (who shares her secret and her gift) and a deep desire to always do the right thing.
Is It Any Good?
Simply put, this series is the stuff little kids' dreams are made of. Bubbly Bianca and her cuddly bear friend are in the business of making people happy by fulfilling their wishes, and when she's not using her power for others, she and Bob explore all kinds of different places by way of it. Not only does Wishenpoof! appeal to preschoolers' sense of adventure, it also celebrates the joys of having a generous spirit and caring about others.
The show could have stopped there and still garnered fans big and small, but happily it goes the extra mile to make sure that its message sinks in for kids who don't share Bianca's special powers. In these cases, Bianca finds that not even magic can take the place of friendship and loyalty, which prove to be the most powerful forces of all.
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