Sheira & Loli's Dittydoodle Works

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Music and positive lessons hit high note for tots.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series promotes positive life lessons like being a good listener, respecting differences, and enhancing self-esteem.

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Consumerism

Each episode ends with an invitation to viewers to visit the show's Web site.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lively series for preschoolers mixes relatable storylines with award-winning music and positive life lessons about topics like self-esteem, healthy living, and respecting differences. Kids will easily relate the issues the characters experience and will learn constructive ways to handle similar situations in their own lives. While parents can certainly feel comfortable sharing this show with their kids, keep in mind that its focus is more on promoting its thematic positive messages than on education.

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What's the story?

Rag doll twins Sheira (Julie Smith, voiced by Sheira Brayer) and Loli (Claudine O'Rourke, voiced by Leora Brayer) are great at creating fun. That comes in handy at their fun-making factory, Dittydoodle Works, where each day is a new adventure waiting to be explored with their colorful cast of friends. But sometimes their escapades bring them face-to-face with problems they can't sort out, and the sisters must turn to their friends for help. Along the way, they discover what it means to be a responsible person and a good friend.

Is it any good?

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This vibrant series will quickly capture preschoolers' imaginations with its colorful characters and kid-friendly adventures. Young viewers will easily relate to the girls' concerns about honesty, self-esteem, and respecting others' feelings, and they'll also pick up constructive problem-solving techniques that they can use in their own relationships with friends and family.

Although it overshadows the show's educational/message aspect a bit, the series' high note is definitely its award-winning music, which is written and performed by twins Sheira and Leora "Loli" Brayer -- the real-life inspiration for the show's rag doll stars. Both kids and their parents will appreciate the musically talented cast, which includes appearances by Chaka Khan as Mother Nature.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the issues raised in each episode relate to their own kids' experiences. Kids: What problem did Sheira and Loli have to solve today? How did they do it? Who helped them? Have you ever felt the way they did? What did you do? Also, does the music help you remember the show's lessons?

TV details

Cast:Janeece Freeman, Leora Brayer, Sheira Brayer
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids Musical TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written bywhaleoh4060 March 25, 2011
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WTF!!!!!!

The only way those puppets act like that it that that must be smoking meth.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2011
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HORRIBLE! PUT IT ON ADULT SWIM! TEEN NICK! RATED MA!

THIS SHOWS STINKS! POO POO!
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