A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Many of the stories shared have positive lessons for kids. The characters in the story shop demonstrate how siblings can get along well even though they're very different.
The series celebrates the joy of imagination, storytelling, and creativity. Classic children's stories are bright to life with animation that reflects their original artwork.
Positive Role Models
Sammy and his siblings take pleasure in the small things, like spending time together and hearing a good book. They're silly, fun-loving, and friendly.
Products & Purchases
Because the stories are gleaned from children's books, they may pique your kids' interest in them (and others).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sammy's Story Shop is a preschool series that brings to life popular children's books like Harold and the Purple Crayon and Caps for Sale. Each 30-minute episode incorporates two or three such stories, with the segments bridged by visits with three friendly animated characters who "cook up" the tales in their kitchen. Not only is it a fun way to enjoy read-alouds of some childhood classics, it's also a great motivator to kick back with your kids and read some of your own favorites together. Often the stories have life lessons you can point out to your kids as well.
Is It Any Good?
What's not to like about a series that turns the pages of classic children's stories into animation? As it turns out, not much. Sammy's Story Shop is like a dressed-up trip to library story time, and its effect on viewers is much the same in how it plants the desire to dive into reading. This is great news for parents, who can use the show to encourage kids' interest in family story time at home.
Of course, the books are only part of the picture in Sammy's Story Shop. In between them, visits to Sammy's place touch on sibling relationships and make the connection between creativity and story-telling as the characters mix ingredients like adventure and excitement in a magic pan that generates each new tale.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.