Peep and the Big Wide World - Science For Very Young Children

Even before my son was born I knew I was going to be that mom. You know the type--organic food I processed myself, exclusively cloth diapers and, of course, absolutely no television, ever. Then I discovered TV shows like Lamb Chop's Play-Along and Under The Umbrella Tree, with their gentle messages of friendship and cooperation, and decided that maybe, just maybe, a limited number of carefully chosen television programs might fit in just fine.

Of all the television programs wearing the educational badge, few wore it as well as Peep. Where a lot of TV tries to shoehorn in a lesson here and there, Peep was pure and unapologetic in its commitment to educational programming.

But the show's true strength, in my opinion, lay in its ability to encourage critical thinking skills. In one episode, the friends notice the ever-changing shape, size and color of the moon. This leads to Quack, the oldest of the trio, to muse that there must be many moons hovering just out of sight. After all…

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