The first time I saw a Veggie Tales movie I was helping in a 3 year old Sunday School class. I didn’t even have my own children, but confess to being totally drawn in. I couldn’t hear the term “boogie man” without breaking into song….”God is bigger than the boogie man…”
I bought my first Veggie Tales DVD before Noah was even born. I vividly remember picking up a one-year-old Noah and “tango-ing” around the family room to the silly song “Barbara Manatee” from “King George & the Ducky” (still my all-time favorite VT story).
So when I was asked to review their brand new story “The Penniless Princess,” of course I said yes. And best of all I get to giveaway a copy to one of YOU!
About the Movie
Sweet Sara Crewe has everything a little girl could want – a loving family, lots of friends and a closet full of frilly dresses! But when life takes a turn and Sara goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what’s in her heart? Find out in this inspiring new story from VeggieTales, based on the beloved classic story of “A Little Princess” that reminds kids who they are in God’s eyes by Frances Hodgson Burnett, that has countless movie and book adaptations.
Sara’s dad enrolls her in a girl’s school in London before he is shipped overseas with the military. The grouchy headmistress is told to provide Sara with everything she needs – he’ll pay the bills no matter what. The headmistress takes an immediate dislike to Sara because she fraternizes with the servant girl Becky and is, GASP, kind to everyone.
When Sara’s father is killed and his fortune lost, Sara becomes a servant at the school. Determined to still show love to everyone, she and Becky endure their trials and mistreatment (lack of food, hard work), knowing their worth comes from the fact that they are God’s princesses.
Of course there’s a happy ending. Her father’s best friend, who was able to restore her inheritance, finally finds Sara and promises to care for her forever. (And grumpy headmistress is given the boot, Becky gets to go to school, etc.)
The songs are great – loved the Silly Song with two teen girls texting each other – and the 40-minute movie is quite moving.
The main message of finding our true value in our worth as part of God’s family was well emphasized. But the secondary message of showing love to everyone, no matter what, was just as valuable.
For adoptive parents – you know your children best. If Sara’s orphaning and subsequent mistreatment (not much food, dungy attic living quarters, grumpy headmistress) is going to be a trigger for your adoptive child, then you may want to hold the movie until a different time. My kids did fine with it and I think it was a great message especially for 11-year-old (going on 14) Beza.
The official trailer is posted below the giveaway details.
I’m giving away a brand new copy of “The Penniless Princess” and a copy of the devotional book “365 Day Starter Devos for Girls” to one lucky reader. There are multiple ways to enter using Rafflecopter below – tell me what your favorite VT movie is, follow me on FB, follow me on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway or share it on Facebook. Rafflecopter makes it super easy. The tweeting and sharing you can do once per day.
Giveaway ends this Friday, August 3rd at 12:01 a.m. EST.