I just watched 1.5 hours of the NEW Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever DVD, and I must say it was really cute. Each episode tells a story of the meaning of friendship through life lessons.
1st Episode – Learning Traditions
In the first episode, Blueberry ran late and interrupted the princess while she was talking. It was “bad manners” to be late and interrupt others. After feeling badly, she stayed up late studying a book of traditions and manners for a ceremony the next day.
During the ceremony, Blueberry went around to make sure things were in order and each traditions were followed. When everything went extremely smoothly, Blueberry wanted to do more, so she went around correcting “bad manners” and was so worried about pointing out everyone’s mistakes that she made all her friends feel uncomfortable. At one point, her friends even ran away from her. In this episode, she learns that, “Correcting people in front of others is really bad manners”. When she finally realized it, she made it better by apologizing. Her friends forgave her anyway because that’s what friends do.
2nd Episode: The “Good Citizens Club”
Through these “unofficial” tests, Plum would question, what does this have to do with being a “Good Citizen”? Not that she didn’t want to be a “Good Citizen”, but those requests didn’t make any sense. (Like repainting the club house and putting out snacks which the ladybugs ate). What really drew the line was when the ladybugs demanded her to cut flowers from the Community Garden when she would rather cut wild flowers. She just felt it was wrong, said no, and left.
Later she finds out that she was a member all along and even became the new leader of the Club. Her friends all vouched for her that she was already a “Good Citizen” and saying “No” when things didn’t feel right was the best indication of a “Good Citizen”.
3rd Episode: Teamwork
4th Episode: Just Do Your Best
I liked the little lessons that were learned in these episodes and the bright and colorful graphics. I think any of my nieces will really enjoy a copy of this DVD.