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Bubble Guppies

Bubble Guppies

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Move over, SpongeBob. Six colorful pre-school guppies - want to learn something. In fact, they are on an "epic quest for knowledge."

The age-appropriate lessons are skillfully presented, the visually appealing "fish" are diverse, and the show encourages viewer participation. Using a proven formula from pioneers like Mister Rogers (upon which Blue's Clues so successfully expanded), the show will pause after someone asks a question, allowing little ones at home to shout an answer to the TV. Usually that's when Mr. Grouper, their teacher, is explaining a concept. But the answers don't always come from Mr. Grouper. Like other great teachers, he encourages his students (both underwater and in the family room) to work together to figure things out. And that's how the learning begins.

Each episode has a theme, such as planets. Included are songs about planets, facts about planets, math problems involving planets and a short related side story, such as the one about a space monster who is cranky because he needs a nap.

The characters are polite and inquisitive. The pacing, the fun, and the high learning quotient, both social and scientific, all make Bubble Guppies a great fit for young viewers.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2012 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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