Two schoolchildren learn valuable life lessons from a buffalo, a red-tailed hawk, a bobcat, and a prairie dog.






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Series cast summary:
 Plato / ... (27 episodes, 1996-2009)
 Annie Redfeather / ... (27 episodes, 1996-2009)
 Sock / ... (27 episodes, 1996-2009)
 Ari / ... (26 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Zach Nichols / ... (26 episodes, 1996-1998)
Brad Boyer
(26 episodes, 1996-1998)
Joe Murray ...
 Ari / ... (25 episodes, 1996-1998)
Chuck Powers ...
 (redubbed version) (25 episodes, 1996-1998)
Brian Zimmerman
(25 episodes, 1996-1998)
 Plato (13 episodes, 2000)
 Zach Nichols (13 episodes, 2000)
Adrienne Carter ...
 Annie Redfeather (13 episodes, 2000)
Michael Donovan ...
 Sock (13 episodes, 2000)
 Ari (13 episodes, 2000)
 Aurora (13 episodes, 2000)
Su-Ping Chio ...
 Zach Nichols / ... (13 episodes, 1996-1998)
Denise Tan ...
 Annie Redfeather / ... (10 episodes, 1996-1998)

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Follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Zach Nichols and ten-year-old Annie Redfeather as they suffer pain from issues involving other children. To solve these problems, they seek council from a group of anthropomorphic animals whose names come from the Greek - Plato, an old and scholarly bison; Aurora, a wise red-tailed hawk; Socrates, a rambunctious and wisecracking bobcat; and Aristotle, a feisty and bookish prairie dog. This ensemble teaches the kids virtues by telling them stories from the Book of Virtues. Written by Nate S.

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2 September 1996 (USA)  »

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The Book of Virtues  »

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1.33 : 1
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The first animated show to regularly air on Public Broadcasting Services prime-time. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by J.A.C. Redford and Marcus Hummon
Performed by Oren Waters, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters Willard (as Maxine Waters), and Bobbi Page
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Good show, if you get a chance watch it!
28 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, this is going to sound campy, i was a babysitter when this came out, along with the fact of younger brothers and sister. This is one of the few videotapes that i taped (off of PBS) and took with me that EVERY parent did not have a problem with their kid watching. In the age where your TV babysits your child more than you do, this is a program i could turn on and they would actually walk away with something other than mush on the brain. it was good from children 8 to about 14 (my 14 yr old brother (at the time) watched it fascinated for a long time, and is still one of his most cherished memories (one of the few times we didn't fight was when it was on) if you find it, or get a chance to watch it DO! definitely worth it

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