Let’s Go Luna
Where in the world is . . . Luna?! This PBS series is a nod to social studies as three animal pals travel the world with their parents’ circus troupe. Leo (a wombat from Australia), Carmen (a Mexican butterfly), and Andy (a frog from the United States) are curious little globe-trotters, delighting in the customs, language, and arts of each new place they visit. With the help of their friend Luna (Luna is the moon so she’s able to be everywhere), they not only learn about what makes each place unique; they also find out about the similarities we share as humans inhabiting the same planet.
Each half-hour episode includes two separate stories based in the same country. In addition, there’s a short feature spotlighting a folktale associated with that location. A Magic Globe serves as a kind of “Google search,” allowing the friends to pose questions that set up facts about their most recent destination. Peru, Italy, Turkey, France, Japan … the journey includes an exciting line-up of countries and cities, exploring, singing, investigating, and joking around as only close pals can do.
According to the series’ website, program creators worked closely with a team of cultural anthropologists to ensure accuracy and cultural sensitivity. The animation is fun and uncluttered, songs are basic but tuneful, and the scripts present lighthearted plots woven with thought-provoking social studies facts. Let’s Go Luna is interesting, upbeat, and educational, and a delightful vehicle to celebrate cultural diversity.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 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 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.