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Parents' Guide to

Lily's Driftwood Bay

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Girl's simple, homegrown adventures celebrate imagination.

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age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+
age 3+

Absolutely charming!

What a wonderful show! Each episode explores Lily and her imaginary adventures in Driftwood Bay. The show is quite stylized, and the characters are made up of the pieces of shells, rocks, wood, and "sea treasure" that Lily finds on the beach. The stories are charming. Each episode contains 3 or 4 smaller stories. I really enjoy watching it with my kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Using an inventive mixed-media format that accentuates its detailed animation, this series draws inspiration from the evolving seacoast landscape and its many hidden treasures. Not only is the scenery reminiscent of that atmosphere, but many of the characters themselves are created from resident treasures such as driftwood, feathers, dried grass, and bits of shells and rocks that account for the show's striking and unique look.

Similarly unique is the primary focus of Lily's Driftwood Bay, which aims to show kids how much fun can be had with simple objects and a big imagination. Lily's adventures aren't the stuff of elaborate playhouses or structured guidelines for play. Instead she turns a small beach treasure such as a piece of seaweed or a floating bottle into the foundation for joy of her own making. For young kids born into a digital age such as this one, this is an excellent illustration of a valuable but elusive concept.

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