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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Strawberry Shortcake Rockaberry Roll

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Strawberry Shortcake - Rockaberry Roll
Strawberry Shortcake, Angel Cake, Ginger Snap
Fox Home Entertainment 2008
45 minutes

Strawberry Shortcake Rockaberry Roll is the latest DVD featuring the Strawberry Shortcake gang of characters. They are of course based on the American Greetings characters that started back in the late ‘70's, but have since morphed into modern characters living in Strawberryland.

In this "chapter" of the Strawberry Shortcake story, Strawberry and her gang of friends want to enter a talent show, and so they form a band.  There is a problem when one of the members doesn't really measure up in terms of talent and all of the members play the same song but as if they are the only one playing.  Some of the kids (not even in the band) decide to take matters into their own hands to "fix" the problem.

My kids liked  Strawberry Shortcake Rockaberry Roll - there is never really a true "bad guy" which is always reassuring for younger kids.  This DVD was more appealing for the younger kids in my family (under 6), but all ages watched it the first time it was played.  I found that despite their names, the characters were not too sweet.

The music in the story is fun and catchy.  With some budding musicians in my family it was abundantly clear that practice is the key to sounding better and better.  We even had a family discussion about getting frustrated (or not) when first trying something new and it doesn't turn out perfectly.

This is a good little DVD.  The story is simple, if not predictable.  I am a person for having a good message in kids' shows and this movie delivers exactly that.  The ideas of teamwork, perseverance, and compassion are all well shown in this movie. I liked that the kids in Strawberry Shortcake Rockaberry Roll helped each other become better, with positive comments and (lots of) practice - exactly how you get better at something in real life.  I liked this DVD and so did my children.

Extra features are a music video, printable coloring pages, and a memory book.

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Carolyn Genge

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