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Tumble Leaf S2

Tumble Leaf S2

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

We know that television viewing (time and shows) for young kids should be monitored and limited. But watching Tumble Leaf should not only be allowed, it should be encouraged; it's charming, inspiring, educational and just plain delightful.

Fig is a curious, kind blue Fox who knows how to turn a phrase, looks out for his friends and regularly solves problems. He lives in a boat-treehouse hybrid, perched on the edge of the shore.

At the start of each episode a crab - with one wooden claw -pops up out of the sand and pulls in his net to inspect his catch. The items are unusual and funny - a pair of rain boots, an egg carton, an elastic band, some glasses. The crab uses the items in some amusing way and tosses part of his "treasure" up into a chest for Fig.

When the breeze blows and the wind-chimes sound, Fig knows there's something in his chest. Or as he says, "Something new is in the Finding Place." And so starts another adventure.

When Fig discovers the rain boots, he decides to wear them and goes stomping in mud puddles. He comes across Buckeye, a beaver who needs help fixing a dam that has sprung a leak. Mushroom caps make for bigger boots that splash bigger piles of mud and help plug bigger holes. "Leapin' lunger plunger!" says Fig. And after a group of beetles create a statue out of mud in tribute to Fig and Buckeye, Fig says, "you've created a mudsterpiece!"

Other storylines involve a caterpillar party, a trek to Tumble Park and a hose. The characters are colorful and diverse - you really need to see Auntie Pine's hair. The language is pun-filled and delivered with just the right pacing. The music perfectly suits each moment. And the characters show each other respect, politeness and sharing.

Rarely does any TV show get it so right.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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