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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.
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What's the story?
WISHENPOOF! centers on a young girl named Bianca (voiced by Addison Holley) who uses her "wish magic" to make dreams come true for herself and those around her. With a wave of her wand, her room becomes an underwater playground; with a clap of her hands, a friend becomes an expert dancer and singer. Her best stuffed friend, Bob the Bear (Scott McCord), is always along for the adventures, and her mom (Alyson Court) often joins in to give Bianca some pointers on mastering her unique ability.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Bianca's power in Wishenpoof!. In what ways does she use it for the good of others? How does doing something nice for another person make you feel?
What are your kids' special talents? Do they like to share their skills with other people? How important is practice in improving them?
Kids: What rules does you family have for screen time? Why are rules important? What are some of your other favorite shows? What makes them favorites?
- Premiere date: February 6, 2014
- Cast: Addison Holley, Scott McCord, Alyson Court
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Empathy, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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