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Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TVY
Review:

The title of this charming PBS show isn't Peg and Cat, it's Peg plus Cat, just one of the subtle suggestions of math throughout the program. The background for every scene of the show is graph paper with faint equations occasionally visible. These are just some of the ways math concepts are interspersed with stories to teach and entertain.

Chatty, funny, Peg (who has no nose), is the star of the show and always manages to get into a predicament that requires problem-solving. Chickens get out of the coop. Beethoven can't finish his symphony. Dinosaurs try to find their way home. The problem isn't always a math problem, but it's always solved using math-based, logical steps that involve counting, division, diagrams, engineering, pattern concepts and more.

Music also plays a role, as Peg often bursts into song while playing the ukulele. One of her favorites: "Problem solved. Problem solved. We solved the problem. Problem solved". A spirited, opera-singing pig often shows up to help out, too. Other non-musical characters make appearances as well, including a boy named Ramone, who appears just when a wheelbarrow or a jet pack or some other handy item is needed.

The segments are 11-minutes long and you'll be amazed and delighted at how much your pre-schooler learns while taking part in Peg's adventurous and special world.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, a freelance writer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, writes about television, celebrities 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 is the co-author of a travel guide book titled The Dog Lover's Companion to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, with her husband, Don Oldenburg, a former Washington Post writer. She and Don, who have three sons, live in McLean, Va.

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