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Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World

Spring 2011 Television
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Peep and the Big Wide World stands out in the sea of children's television for its elegant simplicity of design. The backgrounds are big floods of singles colors, and the characters - Peep, Chirp, and Quack - are little more than round shapes with big eyes and a couple of lines for legs and beaks. Yet, as simple as the images are, they are very expressive.

Science themes are offered throughout. The gentle power of the show is in the plot lines that underscore curiosity is a path to learning. Here, characters are intrigued by something new or different they see or experience. As curiosity prompts and prods, the story drives forward and they learn more. The friends happen upon a walking stick. What? How is it that a stick walks? They discover that the walking stick is actually a caterpillar. Then, later, a butterfly. The birds do a marvelous job of capturing, and holding young viewers' attention. Although some of the stories can be a little heavy-handed on the environmental messages, the overall message of respecting the planet is not.

Peep and the Big Wide World is a charming series that will have kids giggling as they learn the value and reward of learning. And Joan Cusack's narration is pitch perfect.

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