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Charlie and the Numbers

Charlie and the Numbers

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Charlie and the Numbers is a series of short segments offered through Baby Network Limited. In the gently-paced computer-animated vignettes, young pajama-clad Charlie visits the Number Kingdom, where the numerals all have human qualities-or, the humans all have numeric qualities, depending on how you look at it.

Charlie embarks on a variety of child-friendly adventures such as chasing a butterfly or riding a toy horse. The Numbers join in, using lively music, dancing and nursery-rhyme-inspired songs to help Charlie-and little viewers-with number recognition and counting skills. The series may also help children with color and shape identification.

Charlie and the Numbers strikes a suitable balance between entertaining and educating, offering songs simple enough to stick with parents and even kids, who may memorize them with repeated viewing and eventually sing along, creating a neat little mnemonic device for learning. With its amusing animation and feel-good songs, Charlie and the Numbers adds up to a useful introduction to numeracy for toddlers and preschoolers.

Editor's note: Parents' Choice does not recommend television for children under two.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is a writer, teacher, and TV producer with 8 Emmy awards and 20 Emmy nominations to her credit. She has worked in the television industry since 1987, producing children's programming, informational features and documentaries. Catanzarite lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin sons.

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