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Juanita has just moved to the Hilltop community and is anxious about her first day at a new school. She feels much better when mama offers to accompany her to Mrs. Jenkins? class. However, throughout the day, each time mama attempts to leave, Juanita is not ready for her to go yet. When it's discovered that mama is celebrating a birthday, Juanita and the class want to give her a party. In the spirit of making it a surprise party, mama is allowed to leave - Juanita is finally able to let her go.;Juanita is ready for the adventure of her new kindergarten class, but she's having difficulty finding her place with eleven classmates who already know each other. Mrs. Jenkins observes Juanita's struggle and explains to her class that they are all crewmembers on the Friend Ship. Timothy volunteers to be the captain of this Friend Ship and helps Juanita make new friends.
The Franks can't help noticing that Charles finishes last place in every event for school sports day. They mistakenly think that Charles must feel bad about his athletic abilities and take it upon themselves to be his personal trainers. When they put him through a rigorous exercise program, Charles repeatedly wanders away. The Franks assume he's discouraged about his progress, but Charles couldn't be happier: he's busy building a spaceship.;Timothy has made a secret valentine for someone and so has Charles. Yoko and Lilly have also made secret valentines for their special friends. In a comedy of errors, no one receives the correct valentine and in order to sort things out, the secret identity of each of the senders has to be revealed.
Jack is a happy baby that does all the things that normal babies do. But in Nora's eyes, he's a messy little brother who takes things and breaks them. She becomes so tired of Jack that she excludes him from the school painting project she's done of her family. Nora has a change of heart when she discovers what a fun and special playmate Jack can be.;Henry's discovery of a twenty-five year old time capsule in the school attic inspires Mrs. Jenkins? class to make one of their own. Lilly decides to offer her favourite doll, but has second thoughts after the time capsule has been sealed and stowed in the school attic for the next generation. When Henry notices that Lilly is feeling sad, he retrieves the time capsule and allows her to switch the real doll, with a painting of it, assuring her that it's just as special a contribution.
Mrs. Jenkins? students are making science projects to display at Hilltop School's open house and Fritz, the class inventor, is going to impress everyone with his rocket ship. When a test flight goes haywire in front of the entire class, Fritz feels humiliated and abandons his experiment. With some encouragement from his friends, the budding scientist finds the confidence to go back to the drawing board.;Doris is inspired to take ballet lessons after watching Grace dance in front of the class. A growing friendship between the two girls comes to an abrupt end when Doris embarrasses Grace by telling their school friends about an amusing mishap in dance class. Both girls discover that dance class isn't as much fun without each other's friendship.
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- Premiered: September 30, 2000
- Rating: TV-Y
- Premise: Educational animation for preschoolers about a gentle 5-year-old raccoon who's in kindergarten at Hilltop School. Based on books by Rosemary Wells. Aired as part of PBS's `Bookworm Bunch' block. (more)
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