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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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I think that some of what you're seeing is that in the last 20 years (thanks in part to Sesame Street) children's programming -- esp. preschool programming, and double plus especially for PBS shows -- are strongly affected by child development insights of, well, the last 20 years, and that's affected pacing, language, structure, and content.

It's more constructive IMHO to compare Caillou to its rough contemporaries -- I mean, you want a conflict-free utopia stocked with entitled children, with a dollop of cultural tourism on the side? Let me introduce you to Barney...or, man, don't get me started on the Nick Jr. shows up to and including Yo Gabba Gabba, aaaaaarrrrgh. Caillou is allowed to experience frustration and disappointment and still not get what he wants. Which is why I grit my teeth and bear it.

But I look forward to my kids being old enough for Word Girl with bated breath.

Butting in to say that this:


But I look forward to my kids being old enough for Word Girl with bated breath.


Makes me so happy to see (is an animator on Word Girl).

Oh yeah, Word Girl is great! And my daughters love anything with superheroes. Thumbs up from all of us.

you get a thumbs up in general then.

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