Parents' Guide to

Stella and Sam

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Charming siblings' adventures have teaching points for kids.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 3+

Wish I Had an Older Sister Like Stella

We’ve had the DVD series since our son was three (he’s now nine). He would stop whatever he was doing when we’d put this program on. Many times we would catch him smiling at what was happening in the story. It reminded us as parents how fun it was to play outside and use our imagination. There are very good, positive messages in each story. Stella always looked after her younger brother Sam and made sure he was included and was having fun. It was too bad that Season 2 wasn't available outside of Canada, but I'm sure it is just as wonderful.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (1):

Stella and Sam sums up the very best aspects of childhood. Stella's curiosity leads the pair to new adventures, which never fail to teach them something new, and they often make new friends along the way. What's more, the siblings' polar personalities broaden their appeal by ensuring that kids will identify with at least one of the characters. Even better, siblings get to see an ideal brother-sister relationship at work in a natural way that enhances, rather than detracts from, the overall story.

Because the series takes such care in staying true to the books' illustration style and storytelling pace, it works well as either an add-on for existing Stella and Sam devotees or an introduction for newcomers to the characters that can transfer back to the books. Either way, it's a delightful choice for parents and their preschoolers, and it's bound to generate some questions from curious kids about how the world around them works.

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