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Maya & Miguel

Maya & Miguel

Spring 2008 Television
Ages: 6 - 8 yrs.
Network: PBS KIDS
Pre-teen Hispanic twins Maya and Miguel Santos are lively, strong-willed and very likeable. And in this animated program, each episode moves quickly to set up social problems the two kids must solve. For example, in one episode, the lesson involved Miguel working out a fight with his best friend. The two were so angry they weren't speaking. And while Maya kept trying to get the two back together, it really came down to each of them realizing they needed each other to get a job done.

Through humor and help from wise friends and parents - and Paco, of course - Maya and Miguel always eventually figure out what's right. Usually, they learn a lesson along the way about sharing, caring for family, the value of respecting others, and being happy in a backdrop that's multicultural and educational. And added bonus: part of the dialogue in each episode is in Spanish.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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