Daisy Chain

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Strong role models transform bullies in lovely story.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn social-emotional skills necessary to dealing with bullying as well as moving past it. Watching Benjamin help Buttercup Bree out of trouble (acknowledging that he can't fully take the pain away) and then how they turn negativity into positivity offers powerful messages. With some adult guidance, those teachable moments can be even more powerful. The activities on the pages are engaging and require some critical thinking but aren't really essential to the greater message. Daisy Chain is a lovely tale that can inspire kids and help heal hurts.

Ease of Play

To advance to the next page, kids must complete the activities, which are mostly intuitive.

Violence & Scariness

Dark, shadowy bullies may be scary for kids. They tie up Bree with a daisy chain and take pictures of her.

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Consumerism

Merchandise is for sale in the in-app store, protected by a parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daisy Chain is an interactive story about a girl's experience with bullying and how she and a helpful friend get through it. Kate Winslet narrates the story. Related merchandise, including a Buttercup figurine doll and a picture book, is sold through an in-app store, which is protected by a parent gate. Kids can listen as Winslet reads the text and they peruse the picture book (if purchased), or they can play along with the interactive story on the device as it's read to them. A percentage of the proceeds from app-related merchandise goes to anti-bullying organizations. The kids who bully Buttercup Bree are portrayed as dark, shadowy figures, which may be a bit scary to younger kids, and the faceless characters -- while allowing for a more imaginative experience -- might not be everyone's cup of tea. The overview-style privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In DAISY CHAIN Buttercup Bree loves to pick flowers and use them to brighten up a deserted playground. She’s met by some bullies there, though, who tie her up and take pictures to mock her. A boy helps her, and together they model kindness, standing one's ground, and transforming a negative experience into a positive one. Each page includes written and narrated, poetic text and activities for kids to complete, such as placing daisy chains on heads or slashing the mocking photos as they come out of the camera.

Is it any good?

Kate Winslet’s calm, assured voice sets the perfect tone for this lovely tale of a little love and kindness changing a bad situation. Buttercup Bree's new friend, Benjamin, speaks some powerful words to encourage her and paint the bullies as redeemable. "They just don't know. They've not been taught," he says while not undermining the impact of bullying. When he loosens the ties holding her, the narration is "He broke her chains (to some degree.)” As for playing through the book, having to complete the activities to advance in the story can be frustrating, especially since it may take a few tries to figure out what's supposed to happen, such as slashing the photos in half or tapping each flower to pick it. To work around that, you can use the book icon to jump to each specific page. Despite this drawback, it's a haunting, charming take on overcoming cruelty.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kids' experiences with bullying. What can they learn from how Buttercup Bree responds to the kids who are mean to her?

  • Talk about how Benjamin helps Buttercup Bree. How can they be like Benjamin to a friend in need?

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