The girls love to receive mail, and when it’s a package or envelope it’s hard to keep them from opening it, but I try, especially when there is homework just lurking in their backpacks and needing all our attention. On this particular night they opened up the package to find their very own copy of Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess for us to review! Squeals, shrieks, “Mommy can we pleassseee?” begin and now, I have it the power to get homework done. “Yes, you can have family movie night if you get your homework and chores (of course I’m gonna push this for all I can) done first.”
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Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess is a multi-episode DVD available Sept. 17, 2013 and while it offers up some of the girls’ very favorite episodes, it also features one episode with Princess Jasmine! Look for these:
1. A Royal Mess – James breaks a stained glass window in the castle and Sofia covers for him so he can go to the Goldenwing Circus. (Yeah probably will never happen in my house as they point their fingers at each other)
2. The Shy Princess – Sofia helps a shy classmate named Vivian and Clover makes a new Dragon friend.
3. Blue Ribbon Bunny – Clover the rabbit shows off his talents, and Sofia learns more about being the best.
4. The Princess Test – The princesses learn valuable lessons about being a true princess.
5. Two To Tangu – Sofia and Amber go on a magic carpet ride and get a special visit from Princess Jasmine.
Our movie night begins. We have to make popcorn and get our drinks. Time to snuggle on the couch and enjoy the show.
The girls and I really enjoyed our time with Sofia the First. It made no difference to them that three of the episodes had been seen before “Mommy they are our favorites!” Mommy likes that they are episodes so that if we are running late for a very important date like gymnastics or bedtime, they can finish the episode and come back to watch another one.
I admit, that the DVD has been watched more than once. They even made me bring it in the car during our 2-3 hour drive to San Antonio. And, yes they enjoyed every single episode again!
Sofia the First does teach some wonderful lessons about family and friendship. Not everyone is nice, but everyone, even Sofia learns a lesson each episode about being a better person (Princess).
Sofia struggles with the changes in her life after her mother marries the King. She goes from village girl to princess overnight and works hard at being good at both. She has her troubles and doesn’t always make the right choices, but she learns from them – and she’s not the only one! Her new brother and sister and friends learn how to be better at everything they do too.
Of course there is music (Ariel Winter as the voice of Sofia) and magic (a magical amulet that the King gave Sofia to welcome her to the family. Her magical amulet lets her talk to animals and of course there is an evil (more like bumbling) magician who wants to steal it from her so he can take over the kingdom.
Expect valuable lessons learned and important (but age appropriate) discussion to have. We talked about when our friends don’t get along and how we can help them. How our two girls are sisters and can work together to make their own “magic” happen.
Overall, Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess is a movie which the whole family can enjoy – but I’m not supposed to say that because the older Princess in our family says people at school make fun of her because it’s a “baby show” but the other one says “I don’t care what mean people think and neither does Sofia!”
Enjoy this sneak peek episode.
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