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Oswald

Oswald

Fall 2002 Television
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Network: Nickelodeon
Review:
Oswald is an octopus. His best friend is a dachshund dog he calls Weiner Girl. Henry is a penguin pal. Johnny is a snowman friend. Daisy is a fun flower. With simple drawings and simple story lines, the show offers easy-to-watch stories with easy-to-understand lessons. In one, it’s about helping -- Henry has a cold and he’s lent warm woolies and happy hankies to feel better. In another, the lesson seems to be about common sense -- a ladybug flies inside Oswald’s piano and that’s why the sound is off, but it takes a while to figure that out. And in another, Henry wants to fly like other birds but realizes he’s different and must float in a bubble -- until it bursts. Gentle, caring and humorous, Oswald is a nice friend to have.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2002 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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