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I want a Gunther Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, the Yodeling Rottweiler lunchbox

A few mornings ago, Joel and I were chatting in the kitchen. I was making a snack for him when he told me about something he learned from the Nick Jr. show, Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

“If you make something, and someone copies you, it makes the thing you made even more special.”

Um. No. I knew which episode he meant and it annoyed me at the time we watched it together. I was hoping he didn’t pick up on the message.

Kids may not understand the finer points of plagiarism or copyright law, but surely the adults who wrote the script for this episode might? If not, they won’t mind if I “copy” their show for my own purposes. It will just make Ni Hao, Kai-lan even more special.

So, I am going to pitch an idea for a new preschool show to Nick Jr. It is about a little girl with a head larger than Jupiter and a brunette Louise Brooks bob. She will have ample eyes and a sassy-sweet animal sidekick or two or seven. The little girl and her best furry friends will encounter conundrum after conundrum, each deserving its own celebratory/inspirational song. Sad squirrels will be happy! Lost puppies will be reunited with anxious family members! Balloons will float to heaven, but it’s okay, don’t cry, stop crying, if you stop crying, I’ll get you a new balloon! They will discover it is okay to play in the rain and lose races! Second languages will be learned!

The merchandise!

If the Dora the Explorer people didn’t mind Ni Hao, Kai-lan ripping it off, then the Ni Hao, Kai-lan people will give their approval for my show, which I am entitling, “Frau Gretchen’s Efficient Bavarian Adventures”.

Look for it next fall.

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