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Nina's World

Nina's World

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Producer: Sprout
Rating: TV Y

Life is pretty peppy in 6-year-old Nina's world, thanks to her vivid imagination and ability to turn everyday activities into an adventure. Such excitement over life's little pleasures is what sustains Nina's World, an animated program for preschoolers airing on the Sprout network.

Nina is Mexican-American and this program takes a very deliberate approach to appreciating multiculturalism, offering a diverse cast of characters and storylines that blend in cultural touches and different perspectives. Characters and plotlines represent an ideal where people of different nationalities and backgrounds can live together with warmth and respect.

In "Nina's Brother for a Day," Nina takes to heart a school assignment to be a reporter and she chooses to interview Niko, a little boy who lives in her building. Niko happens to be deaf and the animated characters communicate using American Sign Language. (According to press information, Niko is also voiced by a deaf actor.) When Niko's brother is unavailable to translate, it's up to Nina to figure out how to communicate with Niko for the interview, a storyline that underscores the value of making the extra effort to get to know someone new.

Friendship drives the plot in "Nina's Amazing Amigos," too, as a couple of kids face conflict on the playground. Nina has to figure out a diplomatic way to confront a bully who's picking on her friend and when she doesn't have any success talking to the boy on her own, she enlists the help of a trusted adult, her grandmother (played by legendary actor Rita Moreno).

And in "Nina and Papi's Best Day Ever," Nina makes big plans for a fun "do-over day" for her Papi since his actual Father's Day celebration got derailed by a plumbing disaster. She counts on doing his favorite activities but things don't go as planned on the do-over day, either, and it leaves Nina sad and frustrated. Papi shows her how to make the best of any situation and reminds her that any day is perfect if you spend it with people you love.

Each half-hour episode features two separate stories with plotlines that will feel familiar to young viewers learning how to navigate relationships in their own lives. Even better, it shows the joys and benefits of approaching new and different experiences, and people, with a positive attitude, and that's a mission that makes Nina's World worthy viewing for children and adults.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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