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Two Fun DVDs Featuring Young America’ Sweetheart – Strawberry Shortcake

SSBerrywood.jpgStrawberry Shortcake: Berrywood Here We Come. In this sweet adventure, Strawberry and her friends go to Berrywood to visit a friend Strawberry knew when she was young after reading that Limelight’s movie was in trouble. Their first meeting when they were little wasn’t so nice, but Strawberry gave her friend a a second chance, and they became great friends. Years later, Limelight still remembers her and is excited about the fact that the friends came to visit. Unfortunately, it’s not the Limelight that Strawberry remembers. She is now a selfish diva. Her friends help her realize what she’s become, and she turns her behavior around. This DVD has a good, if predictable, message. Other episodes teach about the importance of communication and entertaining, catchy music adds greatly to the stories. Viewers watching this DVD can learn about the equipment used in movie-making. The title is very heavy on moral lessons, but still remains “berry” sweet. Child Juror Comments: I really liked this DVD becasue I love Strawberry Shortcake, and it has lots of lessons in it that can be learned in fun ways. Some of the lessons were to talk to your friends if you have a misunderstanding with them, and not everything is all about you. I think it looks great for a cartoon. It doesn’t look real, but it’s not supposed to. The music was really good. I liked it because the songs were fun to listen to. My friends would like the stories and lessons. My favorite part was when Strawberry and all her friends were put in the movie. DVD. 64 min.; $14.98; Ages 5-8. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. http://www.amazon.com/Strawberry-Shortcake-Berrywood-Here-Come/dp/B003U6SJZE/ref=sr_1_6?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1286485714&sr=1-6

SSGlimmerberry.jpgStrawberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball. It’s time to celebrate the first frost in Berryland.  As the girls prepare for the festivities, they secretly share gifts. Viewers see how fun it can be to give gifts to others and how important it is to give people gifts that they appreciate, not gifts the giver appreciates. during their preparations for the ball, viewers learn about seasons and the importance of working together. Some viewers might not appreciate the excessive sweetness of the characters, but others will embrace the examples of kindness and sharing, even if it’s not very realistic. Child Juror Comments: I liked this movie because it’s a fun movie to watch, and I also like Strawberry Shortcake. I think the pictures were really good because Strawberry Shortcake and her friends look different than other ones. The music had some catchy tunes. The characters treated each other really nicely like when a friend had a problem, the other friend helped them. One time Raspberry wanted to make a really good glimmerberry thing, and she made a design that was on the cover of the book. Everyone else did the same thing, and she thought that everyone was copying. Strawberry showed how it was on the cover of the book, and said maybe they all saw it, but didn’t notice. My favorite part was when they helped the chipmunks by throwing them a hibernation party. The chipmunks were really cute when they were asleep. DVD. 64 min.; $14.98; Ages 5-8. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. http://www.amazon.com/Strawberry-Shortcake-Glimmerberry-Ball-Movie/dp/B003U6SJZO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1286485714&sr=1-1

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