Vale, 3, couldn't contain her excitement when Peppa Pig visited the Today show set, quickly overcoming her shyness to give her "idol" a sweet hug

By Jen Juneau
December 14, 2017 01:00 PM
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The Today show set was filled with squeals of delight on Wednesday — in more ways than one.

Studio 1A got quite the treat with a visit from one of the most famous characters among the toddler crowd: Peppa Pig. And the one lucky individual who got a hug from Peppa? Savannah Guthrie‘s 3-year-old daughter Vale, who couldn’t contain her excitement upon meeting her “idol,” as described by her mom on social media.

In a video posted to Today‘s website, the little girl adorably held her hand up to her mouth upon first seeing the familiar Nick Jr. face, eventually letting go of Guthrie’s hand, jumping up and down and giving Peppa a big squeeze.

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Guthrie, 45, told PEOPLE in October that her daughter picked up quite the interesting verbal habit from her time watching Peppa Pig.

“For [son Charles “Charley” Max, 1], we coordinate time of departure around his nap, and Vale watches Peppa Pig on repeat,” explained Guthrie of her road-trip strategy. “Of course she speaks with an English accent now.”

Another way the star is contributing to her daughter’s linguistic education? Music. “Current hits in rotation are ‘Despacito’ followed by Dolly Parton‘s ‘Jolene,’ ” she added. “You would be astonished at how many of the words Vale knows. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a 3-year-old sing, ‘Please don’t take my man!’ ”

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In early October, the mother of two and author of Princesses Wear Pants spoke to Parents magazine about how she helps encourage her daughter’s creativity and love of stories.

“Vale will be looking out the window and say, ‘Mommy, look! It’s the Big Red Heart Balloon!’ ” said Guthrie, referencing a made-up character. “She has a vivid imagination, and it comes from storytelling.”