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ToddWorld

ToddWorld

Spring 2005 Television
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Network: Discovery Kids Channel
Review:
"It's a colorful world we live in," Smokey Robinson sings in the theme to this bright, color-saturated animated series. Todd, the main character, has blue skin and freckles. His friend Pickle is green, Sophie is yellow, and Valley Girl-esqe Stella has one blue ear and one orange ear. Pets Benny and Mitzi are likewise multicolored, and porcupines, kangaroos, alligators, and even space aliens are likely to turn up. Episodes feature topics like listening to others' ideas, not excluding others, accepting one's differences, and honesty and forthrightness. Given the "controversies" around messages of tolerance these days, there may be some people who object to these themes, but that would be their problem. The lessons are clearly spelled out, which is helpful for the youngest viewers and won't hurt older, more sophisticated ones. The series provides excellent production values, with cheery animation and appealing character voices. Each program includes a music video with clips from the story just viewed and other episodes as well. They didn't appeal to me or my four-year old as much as the main stories; perhaps they might have if they were more interactive for this restive age group. Still, "Toddworld" is warmly recommended.
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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