What would you do if you could make wishes come true? For young Bianca, that’s an everyday occurrence, thanks to inheriting fairy-like superpowers. But Bianna discovers wishes sometimes go awry, and it takes critical and creative thinking and good, old-fashioned problem-solving to set things straight.
Bianca’s adventures include plenty of interactions with family, friends, and her best pal, a talking teddy bear named Bob. In “Save the Playground,” a beloved play place has been closed and it will take cooperation and fund-raising to help restore safety. Starting a lemonade stand teaches lessons about advertising, tracking earnings, and experimenting with recipes.
In “Bianca’s Big Wish Magic Mistake,” it turns out wish magic needs to be cleaned up just like other messes. When Bianca neglects that task, the results at the local playground are both disastrous and comical. And in “Bob Gets the Sneezes,” Bianca is eager to help her sick friend feel better but she overlooks the most obvious way to meet his needs. This story teaches little viewers about listening to others and asking what they kind of help they want.
Wishenpoof! is executive-produced by the team responsible for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Blues Clues, so expect that same formula and very similar storylines. With bright 2D animation, peppy musical numbers, and stories populated by diverse kids and caring adults, preschoolers discover that everyday challenges help us learn important life lessons, including that it takes kindness, cooperation, and consideration –not magic– to solve problems.
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.