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Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Strawberry and friends learn etiquette and teamwork.

Movie G 2011 66 minutes
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Young kids will almost certainly be entertained by the occasionally silly behavior of Strawberry Shortcake's friends. But what should appeal to both kids and parents is how Strawberry upholds positive values through example. As anyone who knows anything about Strawberry Shortcake will tell you, she often speaks of the importance of being polite, of sharing, and of working together to solve problems. She also shows why such values are necessary -- both in her world and in ours -- through her actions.

And as these values are being shown through Strawberry's actions, behavior that isn't nice -- selfishness, obnoxiousness, not sharing -- is shown through other characters, and these characters learn from the negative consequences of these actions and grow toward being kinder to those around them. How Strawberry deals with Kadiebug and Sadiebug especially -- two bugs who act bratty and self-centered -- provides a strong positive example for kids and adults who deal with similar characters in real life. The DVD should also trigger constructive discussions on the differences between doing your best and times when trying too hard can be unhealthy.

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