Pick. Most toddlers instantly recognize
the chunky Little People characters, and now they come
"alive" with fascinating claymation in a new line of
videos and DVDs. The first volume, entitled Little People
Friendship Collection, serves as an introduction to the Little
People characters, with themes revolving around the importance of
friendship through 10 mini-episodes, each approximately 5 minutes long.
half of the DVD focuses on how the Little People became
friends. The friends recall when Freddie first met his frog
pal, Eddie. Freddie was wishing he had a dog of his own (his
twin sister Sara Lynn has a dog named Lucky).
Another episode recalls when the energetic leader
Maggie first moved into the neighborhood, and how it took
some time for her to feel like she fit in; while another
short features the difficulties that the Little People faced
trying to get to know the somewhat shy Sonya Lee. Inventive
Michael has some special abilities, and wonders how he will
fit in with the group; and the final episode tells the story
of Farmer Jed who wasn’t always a farmer! Through this
first set of episodes, children are introduced to the unique
characters of the Little People.
second half of the video features 5 episodes about
discovering friendship. A bicycle parade, Sonya Lee’s
butterfly friend, cheering up Smiley the Clown, a
disappearing soccer ball, and Sara's desire for real pony
friends are story lines that provide a springboard for
exploring friendship and sharing.
animation is sharp, with vibrant colors and lush
environments – plenty of eye candy for preschoolers! While
toddlers will certainly find the graphics appealing, the
social themes are especially appropriate for preschoolers
who are just discovering their own friends.
friendly narrator helps reinforce some of the underlying
messages of the stories, which include such values as
pitching in and working as a team and learning that helping
friends not only makes them happy, it also feels good.
Designed with the target audience in mind, this video features simple, easy-to-follow story lines as well as fun
characters and settings.
second volume in the series is Little People - Creativity Collection.