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The Traveling Trio
By Christopher Gildemeister
Dish Network channel 264, Sky Angel channel 103, syndication
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Recommended age: 5+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
Olivia, Everett, and Ingram Gray are The Traveling Trio, a
group of enthusiastic pre-teen siblings who visit various nations all over the
world, allowing the viewer to learn about other countries and cultures.
Unlike many series aimed at children, The Traveling Trio
doesn’t stint on the educational aspects, and offers viewers a firm grounding in
the geography and history of each country visited, along with a brief lesson in
simple phrases in the local language. But the program isn’t a dry,
textbook-style presentation; along with the lessons and local scenery, the Trio
engages in activities like learning folk dances, going white-water rafting, and
visiting menageries, museums and mines.
Children are naturally curious and interested in learning about the
world around them. Television can help to provide such information, but rarely
does. At a time when all too many media outlets try to pass off cartoons and
extended commercials as “Educational and Informative” (to meet with the
federally-mandated requirements for children’s “E/I” programming), The
Traveling Trio shows how such series OUGHT to be done – with enthusiastic,
engaged children as hosts, lots of information and facts presented in easily
digested (but not dumbed-down) doses, and kids having interesting experiences
and fun. Parents who watch the program with their children are guaranteed to
learn something, as well.
Because of the spectacular education and entertainment it offers,
the Parents Television Council is proud to award The Traveling Trio with
the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this program
for all viewers over age five.
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