Review: Gigi’s Big Break DVD based on Sheila Walsh’s Gigi God’s Little Princess Books
A few weeks ago I stumbled across Book Sneeze in my online browsing. Book Sneeze sends out select books for free to bloggers who agree to write a review. Given my 2010 resolution to read more, I signed up. At the time, a few children’s DVDs were available so I selected Gigi’s Big Break – part of the God’s Little Princess series by Sheila Walsh.
Gigi’s Big Break includes two stories: The White Lie and The Pink Surprise. The White Lie is a lesson in honesty. Gigi disobeys and tells a little lie to avoid punishment. She quickly discovers that the guilt from the lie is worse than the punishment would’ve been for her disobedience. In the end, she is reminded that we have a God who knows our weaknesses and loves us anyway – based on I John 1:8-9.
In The Pink Surprise, Gigi’s world changes when she goes from being an only child who is used to being the center of attention to being a big sister. In the end, she learns that while younger siblings can be annoying at times they are truly a blessing from God – based on Luke 10:21.
This DVD is probably best for children ages 3-5. Mikayla just turned two and while she loved watching the DVD I doubt she picked up on much of the meaning.
Overall, I thought this was a great DVD. The biblical teaching was very clear and obvious throughout each story. At the end of each story the Bible verses are actually shown on the screen and read by a narrator to conclude the story. I love that it is actually TEACHING a biblical principle in a clear manner not just telling a good story.
My only complaint, honestly, is Gigi’s voice. Her voice is very high pitched and a little whiny. I’m probably more sensitive to this than most people would be and, like I said before, Mikayla loved watching it. She didn’t seem bothered by the voice.
I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone who wants their children to watch a meaningful, truth-filled children’s program.
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