Sarah & Duck
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Whimsical series about friendship caters to kids' curiosity.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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.
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Premiere date: February 18, 2013
- Cast: Roger Allam, Tasha Lawrence
- Networks: Sprout, CBeebies
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Horses and Farm Animals, Science and Nature
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: March 31, 2022
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