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PEEP and the Big Wide World

PEEP and the Big Wide World

Spring 2005 Television
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Network: TLC/Discovery Kids
Review:
PEEP is a bright-eyed, inquisitive, funny and vulnerable animated chick who might remind you of your own pre-schooler. Together with friends Chirp and Quack, the charming birds learn about "the big wide world" by observing (or not). The show looks at a range of science topics, including ecosystems, sound, light, animal adaptations, and always using logic to solve problems. Best of all, the science lessons are seamlessly integrated into the fun, so many older siblings-and parents-will get as big a kick watching as the little guys. Each half-hour program has two mini-lessons, which are further divided into cartoon and live-action portions. The live-action features young children engaged in activities that underscore the theme of the animated short. While my four-year old was at first unhappy when PEEP went off and the live-action began, he now enjoys seeing what the kids will do. The writing is exceptional, the voicing is superbly funny, the character interactions are wonderful, and the gentle slapstick won't offend. The music and sound effects are especially notable, and Taj Mahal performs what, in this reviewer's opinion, is TV's best children's theme song. Endorsed by the National Science Foundation, this brilliant program is worth crowing about.
Reilly Reagan   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.


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