What Do Strawberry Shortcake and Dr. Seuss Have in Common?

Jeanne Sager

strawberry shortcakeStrawberry Shortcake is no Dr. Seuss.

But these two mainstays from my childhood have a stranglehold on the media in my house at the moment ... and it won't be letting up anytime soon.

I'm enjoying the nostalgia too much.

I mean, my kid is enjoying these TV shows and books too much. Right. The KID likes The Cat in the Hat and Strawberry Shortcake.

We've had the Seuss books piling up from the moment we knew there was a baby coming, so it was only natural that we'd tune in to the new PBS show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.

Severely disappointed by the tripe that was the Mike Myers outing as the Cat in the Hat, I've been digging a cat who is taking kids on the type of adventures that her "Cat in the Hat in Space" book first introduced.

It's education adventure with a familiar character, sending her back to the books at bedtime. That's this mother's favorite type of TV.

And it makes me eager for the upcoming Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures, coming this October to HUB, the re-launch of Discovery's children's network. Slated to debut on Sunday, October 10, we haven't gotten a look at the show yet.

But my family has been watching the new Strawberry Shortcake movies to get ready: The Glimmberberry Ball Movie and Berrywood Here We Come.

New on DVD, I worried they'd be total schlock (see above Mike Myers movie). But with my daughter clinging fast to her Lemon Meringue doll (a Christmas gift of two years ago that STILL smells lemony fresh), I gave in ... and ended up cuddled on the couch for not one but two movies devoted to stories of friendship and allowing your light to shine.

It's been like finding old friends and seeing them through new eyes. 

What characters have your kids fallen for?


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