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A Look at: 'Peg + Cat'

One of the complaints that I sometimes come across in my wanderings about the internet is that there is a lack of quality children's programming. Color me baffled by this statement.

While it is true that commercial channels can easily be accused of a dearth of quality programming for children (and, often, for adults as well), PBS is home to several high caliber shows for the under 13 set. One of these shows is Peg + Cat , which is most appropriate for preschoolers and very early (K or 1) elementary. The show made its debut in 2013, and it has offered up cheery, kid-friendly tales ever since.

Peg is a cheerful, ukulele-playing girl who exists in a world that exists on the backdrop of graph paper. Her sidekick is a fluffy blue cat. Together, the two enjoy a variety of adventures.

The focus with this show is to inspire children toward a love of math. When Peg is faced with a (as she proclaims it) " big problem," she utilizes math skills in order to solve it.

One of the most appealing things about the show is that, unlike some programming targeted at young children, adults will enjoy it as well. Or, at least, they will not recoil in horror every time they hear Peg's signature "problem solved" song that she sings when she has reached the solution to some issue.

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k2705 wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:11 PM

I haven't heard of this or seen it before but sounds like something my Son wiukd like.

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:27 PM

It is a really cute show. I discovered it one day when I had PBS on as background noise. The cats seemed to find it soothing, so I left it there.

MelissaE wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:24 PM

When my spawns were little people, they were only allowed to watch PBS. They would watch "Caillou" before school. Now, they're big people and I can't control their television choices much anymore.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:14 PM

This is Guiness the Cat. Do the Fuzzy Trio recommend the show? Maybe Debbi could learn some math skills from it.

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:42 PM

I am a fan of PBS. I hope that any children I eventually have will love it, too.

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:44 PM

Guiness, they gave it an enthusiastic paws way up. Really, it has math, music and (most importantly) a cat.

zabelle51 wrote on January 20, 2015, 10:33 PM

My three year old grandson is quite addicted to Chuggington, he watches it nonstop. :)

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:47 PM

I'm not familiar with that one. I do see, though, that it is shown on Disney Junior here in the states.

soupdragon wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:57 PM

It sounds like a nice, creative, entertaining way to learn about mathematics

LilyDay wrote on January 21, 2015, 4:13 PM

I wish that I would have had such programs to watch as a child.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 22, 2015, 8:30 AM

I remember when my son would watch PBS, now at 12, he watches some really stupid shows, like one he saw the other day that had a gnome who threw up rainbows.. (Don't ask, I have no idea, lol)

LilyDay wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:44 PM

I'm wondering if, perhaps, he was watching "Adventure Time." That show seems really strange (and it is), but it is a really good cartoon. Since cutting the cord, I haven't gotten to see it recently. However, I do want to get the DVDs.

We watch a lot of PBS here, and that includes the cats. The other day, I caught our eldest girl very intently watching "Sesame Street."

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:51 AM

It sounds like a great show even though I don't have kids, I don't think it's available in the UK though.

LilyDay wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:06 AM

No, I don't think that it has made it over to that side yet.

I don't have human children yet, but I do have cats. The little one actually expects that I will turn on cartoons in the morning, or she will not settle back down. This morning, I failed to do so and my sleep paid dearly for it.

Carmelanirel wrote on January 24, 2015, 8:06 PM

Yes, he watches Adventure Time, but I asked him about the gnome one and it is called Gravity Falls.

LilyDay wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:00 PM

Ah, yes. I have only seen that one a few times, and it is good. However, I haven't seen any more episodes since we cut the cord on the cable.

maxeen wrote on January 26, 2015, 1:40 PM

Sounds to me that it might also encourage the young ones to have an interest in music.

LilyDay wrote on January 26, 2015, 3:36 PM

The show does touch upon music as well. Beethoven even makes appearances.

valmnz wrote on January 30, 2015, 5:39 PM

I've not heard of this, either myself nor from others, not sure that it's available in NZ but it does sound like a worthwhile show.

Shellyann36 wrote on February 24, 2015, 6:14 AM

PBS has always had good kids shows. One of my favorites for the older boys to watch was Author. The little cartoon mouse and his family and friends were always teaching lessons. I will have to look up Peg and her blue cat.

LilyDay wrote on February 26, 2015, 12:07 PM

I don't think that it has made it to NZ yet.

LilyDay wrote on February 26, 2015, 12:10 PM

Arthur is a good cartoon, too. I think that my cats find that particular aardvark interesting. They also have an interest in watching CURIOUS GEORGE; the youngest seems especially interested in that show.

Shellyann36 wrote on February 28, 2015, 11:43 PM

I had to check out the PBS line up to see if Arthur was still coming on and it is! Sadly, we don't receive it on our network.

LilyDay wrote on March 3, 2015, 12:23 AM

It has become standard viewing/background-noise-for-kitty-naps here. I rather like to have shows like that on as background noise during the day.