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Zoboomafoo

Zoboomafoo

Spring 2001 Television
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Network: PBS
Review:
Generally it's pretty hard to win over both kids and small animals, but the Kratt brothers, Martin and Chris, manage to do just that with their cleverly conceived nature show "Zoboomafoo." By taking their successful formula from the older skewed "Kratt's Creatures" and gearing it for the preschool age, "Zoboomafoo" taps into a child's innate love of animals and uses that affinity to educate them about our furry friends. By implementing colorful sets, sight gags, comedy and a menagerie of wild animals who interact with the lemur puppet Zoboomafoo, kids learn about endangered and common species of animals. Although the show has always directly addressed viewers, Chris and Martin have made more of an effort this season to stress viewer participation by implementing counting, spelling and problem solving techniques. Think of it as Wild Kingdom for the Tinker Toys set.
Laura Fries   ©2001 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.


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