Let’s Go Luna!

Ages: 4 - 9Producer: PBS KIDS Rating: TV Y - All Children

This animated series celebrates social studies and cultural diversity through the adventures of three animal friends who travel the world with a circus troupe.  Thanks to their curiosity (along with a Magic Globe and a talking Moon), they learn about the customs, language, and art of the places they visit.  Each half-hour episode includes two separate stories and a short feature spotlighting a folktale, song, or poem from that location.

In The Potato King, Andy is eager to try special foods from Peru.  He’s mightily disappointed to discover that the most famous food from the region is none other than the potato.  That seems a little too boring for his tastes until the pals learn about the potato’s origin and its use in a variety of Peruvian dishes.   In Me and My Elephant, the friends visit an elephant sanctuary in Nairobi, and Leo finds himself caring for a temperamental orphaned elephant. And, in D’Orsay Day, Luna the Moon takes Andy to the Parisian museum Musée d’Orsay for an art lesson that could help him with his own painting of a model train.

Worthy educational content, lively songs, and amusing art direction make this program commendable viewing for kids.  The real beauty of Let’s Go Luna! though is that little viewers not only learn about what makes each place and culture unique; they also find out about the similarities we humans all share – and that’s an essential message in today’s global society.

 

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.

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