Hilariously, a five year old is confused by convincing 'evidence' that his body is disassembling, like a cheap doll.
The pop-eyed characters of Parts completely complement the crazy fear the main character experiences. More importantly, Arnold shows children how true facts can be misconstrued. Laugh with your children. Then, see if you can find real world examples to show older children that the logic error in Parts is horrifically common, even among information specialists such as journalists & academics.
A remake of the rhyme "No more Monkeys Jumping on the Bed", that puts a young boy in charge of his monsters.
Tedd Arnold's positive perspective wins again. Conspiratorial humor is a great way to prevent or undo irrational fears: monsters are jumping on the bed, and one by one they bump their head. After five calls to the doctor, our little boy shouts, "NO MORE MONSTERS JUMPING ON THE BED." Children are shown that by refusing to take them seriously the monsters can be banished. The monsters are amusing too.
Green Wilma discovers that day-dreaming is fun, but can distract one from realities required for living.
Young Wilma dreams she is a green, froggy human child who goes to school. Suddenly she loses her balance, falls off her log and is nearly eaten by a fish. Another subtle Ted Arnold moral emerges: "When you dream, be careful that you don't fall off the log", but is nearly lost in Wilma's fantasy antics. Parents could help emphasize the need to focus on, and act in, reality.
Ignoring his father, Walter's bouncing causes him and his bed to fall through many floors –until he wakes up and hears Delbert bouncing above him!
This is a fun fantasy about consequences. Walter ignores his father's admonition against bouncing on the bed. Walter's bouncing crashes him through floor after floor. He passes through the homes of a number of tenants, each with their interesting activities. They join him in a heap at the bottom. When Walter wakes he realizes his friend Delbert in the apartment above, is awake too!