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Wishenpoof!

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Sweet magical series illustrates joys of helping others.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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. 

Positive messages

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. 

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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. 

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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?

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Simply put, Wishenpoof! 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 this 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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bianca's power. 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? 

TV details

Premiere date:February 6, 2014
Cast:Addison Holley, Scott McCord, Alyson Court
Network:Amazon
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Great girl role models
Character strengths:Empathy, Teamwork
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming
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Educator and Parent Written byparent135 May 20, 2016

Teach girls early men aren't as special as women.

Yet another show for girls teaching them magic or simply believing in themselves will get them what they want. It is a nice sentiment, but is just setting them up for disappointment. Success in life is as much about hard work as self confidence. And then you still fail sometimes. Also she gives her friends confidence to accomplish their goals, but uses magic for hers? And why are her and her mother fairies, but her gather and her brother are normal? Are you trying to say only girls and women are special. No lie my 3 yr old daughter went to her brother to tell him he can't be special because he's a boy. This is a disturbing trend in kids programs that the mom is always a hard working intelligent woman and the dad is a lovable idiot. Or just average. Honestly as a mom I want my girls to respect their father and men in general as much as they do women. The story is lazy the songs are poorly written. The whole show seems cheap and not well done. Pass it by.

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