Nanalan: We All Love Our Nana!
All About The TV Puppet Show Nanalan
Nanalan is a childrens' show that is broadcast in Canada on the CBC as well as on PBS in the United States. Parts of the show also air on Fox Kids UK.
The show's main character is a three-year-old girl named Mona. Each episode begins with Mona's mother dropping her off at her Nana's (grandmother's) house in the morning and ends with her arrival to pick Mona up to go home at the end of the day. In the meantime, Mona, Nana and Russell (Nana's dog) spend the day exploring, learning, visiting Mr. Wooka (Nana's neighbor) and playing in the back yard and in Nana's house.
Created by the puppet troupe, The Grogs, Nanalan's target audience is preschool children and is "designed to foster children's curiosity and love of learning, with the hope they will carry it with them as they grow."
The show began airing in 2003 and was nominated in 2004 for three Gemini Awards:
Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series;
Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series;
and Best Pre-School Program or Series.
Nanalan won Best writing and Best performance, an award shared by Jamie Shannon, Jason Hopley, Todd Doldersum, Ali Eisner and Martin Stelnick.
Several compilation DVDs of the show and a CD of musical highlights are also available. My favorite is the song "We All Love Our Nana."
This is Mona. She's 3-years-old and every day she goes to her Nana's house while her mother goes to work.
Feed The Squirrel
Mona feeds a nut to a squirrel in the yard. The look on her face when she looks back at Nana is priceless.
Why Is Nanalan So Much Fun?
In each episode, Mona learns new things from her Nana. Her Nana reads her stories, they sing songs with her (sometimes with Mr Wooka), Nana plays with Mona and encourages her to try to do things by herself and supports Mona's efforts and when she successfully does accomplish things. Mona's Nana just loves her unconditionally, and her Nana tries to create an environment that would bring out the best in any preschooler.
What is particularly enjoyable about Nanalan?
- Well, there's Nana! She loves having fun, and encourages Mona to to have fun herself. She gets Mona to sing songs and teaches her new stuff everyday
- Russell ~ just being Russell. Nana's dog is just a fun puppy who is always by Mona's side, doing the fun things a puppy does (and getting into trouble when he does them).
- Mr Wooka ~ Nana's elderly neighbor welcomes Mona, Nana and Russell over to his house just about every day for hilarious puppet shows and songs.
Mona's has an unending curiosity and her wonderment about everything that happens at Nana's house are sure to bring a smile to the face of all as she sees the world for the first time.
Mona is drawing a picture for her Nana, but won't let her see it until it is done.
Nanalan' Episode Guide
Puppet | Sneeze | Free | Birdsong | Purple Juice | Home | Big Girl | Chipmunk in the House | Chirp | Sunshine | Lollipop | Hummingbird | Rainy Day | Love | Snow | Bye Bye | Play Day | Hooray for You | Smelly Smells | Brownies | Hootenanny | Under My Wing | Sick as a Dog | Nanalympics | Spring | Bee Sting | Purple Monster | Bubbles | Helpful Girl | Pumpkin | Russell Did It | Mud Puddle | Camp Wooka | Toad and Budgie | Mona a Go-Go | New Friends | Treasure | Night Night Nana | 123 Apple Tree | Windy Day | Soft as Nana | Winter Wonderland | Four-Part Harmony
Over The Fence
Russell jumps over the fence and Mona helps he get back home.
Nanalan On Amazon Search
You can pick up Nanalan' DVDs which are available from Amazon.com. These are fun, short shows that are great for pre-schoolers.
Mona is sitting in the back yard enjoying a lollipop and Russell is insisting he get a chance to try it too.
Nana is raking up the leaves in the backyard and Mona wants to help.
We All love Our Nana
This is the excellent version of the song from Nanalan called We All Love Our Nana and we get a peek at some of the puppeteers behind the show.
Nanalan on eBay
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This is such a cute little show, perfect for any pre-schooler.