A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Products & Purchases
No outright promotion, but the show is likely to increase kids' interest in the many related toys, games, DVDs, and other products available.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.)
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