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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Yakka Dee is a show that helps young kids learn and and say words. It has a simple premise: animated Dee chooses a word, and each 5-minute episode revolves around exploring that word, including seeing a diverse group of kids saying the word aloud. This sweet series is great for kids who are just learning to speak and put together words and images (though it might feel a little repetitive to grown-ups watching along).
What's the story?
In YAKKA DEE, friendly, animated Dee (Saanvi Patel) starts each episode by choosing the word they're going to examine that day; for example, "book." With Dee as a guide, real kids are encouraged to say the word aloud, while Dee shows off different versions of the word ("scrapbook," "flip book," etc) in cute animations. Kids say the word in their own ways, which can include sign language. Others might feel shy or reluctant to give the word a try; Dee gives them an extra opportunity to hear it again as the bulk of the episode repeats.
Is it any good?
This deceptively simple series might seem silly to older kids or some parents, but it's an excellent learning tool, especially for kids who might have difficulty verbalizing or processing words. Dee is enthusiastic and the adorable, diverse group of real-life kids are fun to watch as they say the episode's word in their own voices. Using rhyme and repetition, Yakka Dee makes it very clear what each word means and how it can be used. The show also subtly shows kids that every voice is valid and that it's okay to need a little extra help sometimes.
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