Sarah & Duck



Whimsical series about friendship caters to tots' curiosity.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The stories incorporate basic pre-reading skills like counting and following a sequence. The relationship between cause and effect is also addressed at a basic level (when you plant seeds in the mud, you get dirty, for example), and the show uses age-appropriate picture clues rather than words.

Positive messages

The series encourages preschoolers' curiosity about how things work, grow, and relate to each other. Relationships are another common theme in the show; the characters illustrate positive traits of friendship, helpfulness, and consideration for others' feelings. When problems arise (and they usually do), they consult books and accept the advice of friends who want to help.

Positive role models

Sarah and Duck are always eager to try new things and learn from them. They find creative ways to solve problems and are open to new friendships along the way.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sarah & Duck is a gentle preschool series with delightful animation and simple stories that cater to young kids' experiences and natural curiosity. The friendly characters' zest for learning new things reminds parents and kids of the joy of doing the same, and their experiences show positive examples of solving problems. Age-appropriate skills like counting and picture recognition round out this whimsical series.

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What's the story?

SARAH & DUCK follows the adventures of a young girl named Sarah (voiced by Tasha Lawrence) and her friend, Duck, whose exploits in and around their neighborhood are encouraged by the advice of an unseen narrator (Roger Allam). The simple storylines revolve around everyday activities like going to the park and celebrating birthdays, and the characters encounter new friends along the way, often in unexpected places.

Is it any good?


Sarah & Duck's animation brings to mind the style of classic storybooks, and the narrator's verbal interaction with the characters both helps move the story along at an age-appropriate pace and articulates preschoolers' natural curiosity about the characters' adventures. When there's a knock at the door, he ponders, "Who could that be?", prompting Sarah to answer it. When Duck finds an envelope with contents unknown, the narrator asks, "What are they?", validating young viewers' quest to know the same thing.

Another delightful aspect of the show is how it presents the exploration of new topics. All of the characters' experiences lead them to learn new things, and Sarah's often seen flipping through books or asking her own questions to solve problems that arise. Cause and effect, pre-reading skills like counting and picture identification, and sequences are more positive characteristics of this engaging series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Sarah and Duck's relationship. How are your friendships like theirs? Do you and your friends enjoy learning new things together?

  • Kids: What messages does this series send about solving problems? What resources (or people) do you use when something has you stumped? 

  • Sarah and Duck are very curious about the world around them. Families can use the topics in this show to build on ones that interest their preschoolers. Plant a garden, create artwork, bake a special treat, or brighten someone's day. What did you learn from your experience?

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Educator Written byswwhite October 22, 2013


Excellent, very refreshing!
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Adult Written byQaxaz April 5, 2015

Best show we have found so far for our two year old

This show is amazing. Great animation, no annoying songs or music, and so imaginative. The characters are never negative or whiny like on some other shows. My toddler has learned a lot about manners just from how polite Sarah is in the show. She has even picked up some British pronunciations that she says insists on using, which is definitely cute.
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