Zou

 
Curious zebra tot's adventures model positive social skills.

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Educational value

Kids see social skills like friendliness, conflict resolution, and generosity in action.

Positive messages

Zou's adventures show kids why it's good to act on their curiosity and learn new things. He's a devoted friend and the happy recipient of a lot of love from his parents and grandparents, who help guide him when he needs it. When he makes mistakes, he always makes amends and learns from the experience. The show also illustrates how members of a community work together for everyone's benefit.

Positive role models

Zou is fortunate to have five grown-ups in his family, all of whom are great examples for him. He's never without someone to offer advice or join him in his imaginative play, and their presence helps him identify his mistakes and fix them.

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Consumerism

The series is inspired by board books from Michael Gay.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zou caters to preschoolers' sense of curiosity and adventure while teaching valuable lessons in responsibility, kindness, and ingenuity. The titular character loves his family, is a good friend, always tries his best, learns from his mistakes, and has a positive attitude even when things don't go his way. He's surrounded by caring adults -– including extended family members who live with him -– and a vibrant community of people who help each other. The show is sensitive to differences among the characters, particularly in the case of Zou's elderly great-grandmother, who walks with a cane and uses a stair lift to move between floors in the family's home.

What's the story?

ZOU follows the adventures of a 5-year-old zebra named Zou, who lives with his extended family in a brightly colored town filled with friendly neighbors. There are his friends, Elzee and Zak; his cousin Zinnia; and his feathered friend, Poc, who's always at his side for his exploits. For Zou, every day is a chance to learn something and to have fun while doing it.

Is it any good?

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Based on the character from books by Michael Gay, Zou is a charming tot with an insatiable sense of wonder about the world and all its workings. The simple stories are indicative of preschoolers' experiences, with Zou exploring new hobbies, role playing, and engaging in imaginative play. When his plans involve others, the characters learn about getting along and solving problems, as well as fixing the mistakes they make.

Parents will love the how the show presents family relationships within Zou's home, where four generations happily coexist. Zou especially reaps the benefits of strong bonds with his parents and his grandparents, and someone is always around to help guide him with sage advice, encouragement, and positive behavioral examples.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role Zou plays in his community. How is he able to help others? What jobs does he fill at home? In his neighborhood?

  • Kids: How does Zou's family structure compare to yours? What does being a family mean to you? How are all the members of your family alike?

  • Families can check out other characters who moved from books to TV shows. Read some of their stories before you watch them on TV. Which format do you like better? Are there any benefits to reading books over watching TV?

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byjinx-wolf March 6, 2014
age 3+
 

Cute Show!

My daughter loves watching Zou and I love the lessons it teaches. Zou is usually met with situations that require a bit of thinking and rather than solve it for him, the adults in the show help guide him in the right direction so he can solve it himself. It encourages critical thinking in a fun and playful way.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 8, 2014
age 2+
 

Any one can watch it!

It has nothing bad in this program.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old November 24, 2014
age 18+
 

*banging self with computer* sorry but its stupid

YOU KNOW WHAT LOVERS OF ZOU SORRY i just hate WITH A GAINT PASSION HERE ZOU SUCKS ZOU RULES ZOU WILL NEVER EVER RULE OK DONE WITH THE PANNING!%$^y&
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