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Zoboomafoo

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Preschoolers will go wild for this animal show.
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Positive messages

Everybody gets along -- humans and animals alike!

Positive role models

Human hosts Martin and Chris are clearly having a wonderful time teaching kids about animals, and their enthusiasm makes learning fun. The hosts and Zoboomafoo clearly care about the safety, sustenance and comfort of all creatures, which is heartwarming and may convince young children to care about the animals in their environment.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this entertaining, colorful program makes learning about animals lots of fun. Kids will be exposed to vocabulary ranging from "slow" and "fast" to "grazing," "nursing," and all of the names of the featured animals and their habitats. The only confusing point is that Zoboo transforms from a real-life lemur to a puppet when he eats a snack. This transition is pretty seamless, because the puppet looks almost exactly like a real lemur, so the youngest viewers might come away thinking that lemurs can actually speak (parrots do, right?).

What's the story?

ZOBOOMAFOO is a PBS show that introduces preschoolers to the animal world. The action takes place in stars Martin and Chris Kratt's Animal Junction, where animals of every shape, size, and color visit the brothers to play and explore.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Zoboomafoo is easy to love, because it's so full of good stuff. Not only are Martin and Chris enthusiastic and playful, but they also seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. This enthusiasm is contagious, and children are bound to respond to it. Along with their friend Zoboo the lemur, the Kratt brothers make learning about animals lots of fun. Often encouraging kids to "run like cheetahs," or to "chew like a horse," Martin and Chris make the interactive aspect of the show very engaging. Likewise, by prompting kids to learn about animals and their habitat, the Kratt brothers have created a truly educational program; especially when the hosts can bring the animals on to the set. Meanwhile, the manner in which Martin and Chris relate to animals is extremely respectful. They never antagonize or aggravate the animals, clearly setting a positive precedent for young viewers.

One segment of the show includes a fantasy element, wherein Zoboo tells a far-out story which is played out in claymation. It works, if simply because Zoboo is very childlike, saying things like, "I can't believe my mind," when hearing something incredible. The jumpy nature of these segments can be a bit odd, but it generally serves to enrich the program with an artistic element. PBS has done it again -- providing young viewers with compelling viewing. Zoboomafoo is a fun, educational show for preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different animals featured on the show. What noises do they make? How do they eat? Which ones are most fun to act like?

TV details

Premiere date:January 25, 1999
Cast:Chris Kratt, Gordon Robertson, Martin Kratt
Network:PBS
Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byeswanson April 9, 2008

Presents factual info in a fun way

Even tho I picked the 2-4 age group, I don't know if it would appeal to 2 yos. 3s and up - definately! I like how they give kids the facts abt different animals in an appealing way. The hosts are a bit too goofy for my taste but my 4 yo loves them.
Adult Written bybizarrogirl April 9, 2008

Straightforward fun

I love this show. It has nothing to do with how cute the Kratt brothers are. (No, really!) My two year old enjoys it on the occasions I let her watch, she learns a lot, enjoys the animals, and moves along with what they're doing. The segments are short and hold her attention. I also appreciate it because it's not full of ham-handed moralizing, like a lot of children's shows. It's just fun and informative.
Adult Written bycryshill April 9, 2008

Fun for all ages

This is one of the only shows that my 8 year old daughter, my 3 year old son and I will all sit down and watch. Most shows are age specific for one of the kids but the botht hink show is utterly fantastic.

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