Strawberry Shortcake

 
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Sweet redhead and pals share positive lessons.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters work together to resolve differences, enjoy imaginative play, and tout the enjoyment and benefits of reading. Each episode illustrates a positive life lesson.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

No outright promotion, but the show is likely to increase kids' interest in the many related toys, games, DVDs, and other products available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this engaging animated series. Each episode centers on a positive message about a topic like self-esteem, friendship, or respect, weaving the lesson into a story that will capture kids' imaginations. The characters explore other lands and act out fairy tales, often making references to books and expressing their love of reading.

What's the story?

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE follows the adventures of its cheerful redheaded star and her circle of close friends, who live and play in their colorful home of Strawberryland. Each day brings the promise of new explorations for Strawberry Shortcake (voiced by Sarah Heinke) and her pals, who are never lacking inspiration for their adventures. From stories to books to each other's healthy imaginations, Ginger Snap (Samantha Triba), Orange Blossom (Dejare Barfield), and Angel Cake (Rachel Ware) are always ready with new ideas for fun and games. Huckleberry Pie (James Street) and Strawberry's little sister, Apple Dumpling (Katie Labosky), often join the girls as they go on picnics, put on plays, and explore other lands through books and stories.

Is it any good?

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Kids (particularly girls, most likely) will easily relate to the group's adventures and find themselves wrapped up in the imaginative tales. Along the way, the characters -- and their young viewers -- learn about the importance of self-esteem, respect for others, patience, and friendship.

For parents who grew up during the fragrant friends' original '80s' heyday, this new series is a fun reason to bond with your daughters over characters you'll both enjoy. And if you've held on to original Strawberry Shortcake toys from your childhood, you may win coolness points by unearthing those for your youngsters as well. (If not, you can buy boatloads of new ones just about anywhere -- Ms. Shortcake is still a marketing juggernaut, which is just about her only downside.)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lessons that Strawberry Shortcake and her friends learn in each episode. Kids: What troubles did the group have to deal with? Did someone cause a disagreement or hurt a friend's feelings? What did they do to fix the problem? Have you ever been in a situation like that? How did you resolve it? Parents and older kids can also discuss how TV series act as marketing tools for toy companies. Kids: Do you want Strawberry Shortcake toys more after watching the show?

TV details

Cast:Rachel Ware, Samantha Triba, Sarah Heinke
Network:CBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byktbuddah August 30, 2012
 

Not for younger ages

I think Strawberry Shortcake (the character) is really nice and she's a great role model but the show itself isn't for kids younger than three. The show's basic plot is always Strawberry's friends acting bratty and obnoxious for one reason or another and then Strawberry comes in during the last three minutes and provides a moral lesson and basically tells her friends to stop acting poorly because of X,Y,Z. My daughter (2.5) LOVES the show but she's too young to understand the broad lesson so she's just left watching a bunch of bossy, feet stomping, rude characters. (Don't get me wrong, there's nice ones in there too and the characters always end up improving.) However, two year olds are complete sponges on a very simple level so when misbehavior lies at the forefront of the plot, this is the "take home," regardless of the lesson. We stopped watching it (despite my daughter's favoritism) and returned to PBS.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old July 9, 2010
 
Boring. Even my 2 year old cousin doesn't like it. Strawberry is to happy, but I would rather watch it than Dora.
Teen, 13 years old Written byphillys fan April 9, 2008
 

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