Based on the charming book series by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, bugs-lovers will swoon over this delightfully animated series for preschoolers. Spider, Fly, and Worm are three best-bud-bugs who explore the big world around them – and, as the series’ title suggests, they think through problems and record their adventures in their diaries.
In Canine Cruise, the group’s milk carton school is accidentally toppled by an excited dog. Their efforts to keep him away turn into a field trip when they inadvertently hitch a ride on the dog’s back. It takes ingenuity – and some diary sketching – to figure out how to get back home. In House Spider, winter weather means Spider and his family must relocate, prompting a lesson about maintaining friendships even when a little physical distance separates pals. As Spider’s diary entry explains, moving to a new place may sound scary at first but it’s also an opportunity to meet new friends and explore new places. And, in Fly’s Picnic Problem, Fly experiences an accident and though she isn’t badly hurt, it does create a fear of flying. She finds out that fear is easier to overcome when you have the support of friends.
This series devotes the full half-hour to a single story, blending fanciful plots with lessons in character development, viewing the world from different perspectives, and age-appropriate science terms. And at the end of each exciting day, these sweet little insects encourage viewers to go out and experience adventures to record in “bug diaries” of their own.
Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.