Anyone who has a little daughter surely knows who Sofia The First is. “I was a little girl in the village doing alright. Then I became a princess overnight…” — lyrics my daughter sings along with during the opening credits of the show. Sofia , an ordinary girl, is swept to the castle when her commoner mother (Miranda) marries King Roland II and starts an uneasy relationship with her siblings Prince James and Princess Amber. This article is a DIsney Junior’s Sofia The First Review.
The King gifts her with a magical purple amulet (to match her purple gown, of course!) and she promises never to take it off. The Amulet of Avalor gives Sofia the power to do good deeds, enables hert to talk to animals and also to shapeshift (like turning into a mermaid in one episode to help a sea creature). But the necklace also serves a s a curse, punishing the purple-clad princess when she gets out of line (her voice starts to croak when she brags about her singing ability in a festival).
I like this particular Disney series because each episode shows real life conflicts (sibing rivalry, jealousy, discrimination, not telling the truth, being accepted by your peer etc) and imparts a valuable lesson to the audience. Yes, the show has all the royal trappings that we have all come to expect from Disney princess show but what sets it apart is that it is a relevant teaching tool in today’s society. Eight year old Sofia teaches my little girl about kindness, loyalty, compassion and bravery while wearing a crown and a ballgown! No wonder young girls easily relate to this young princess.
THE ROYAL SISTERHOOD – Lessons from the Disney Princesses
I most especially like the segments where the older Disney princesses (who act as “Ate’s /Older Sisters) make an appearance to help Sofia in her predicaments.
CINDERELLA’s song struck a cord with me because of my own differences with my sister. Sibling rivalry (between true blood sisters or step siblings) can really tear a family apart and must be nipped in the bud.
MULAN advices Sofia and her companions never to give-up and to find their inner strength in her song “Stronger Than You Know”. I love this number! It’s never too early to teach our daughters to be independent and empowered. Our very own LEAH SALONGA sang this song.
Just this morning, SNOW WHITE made an appearance and told SOFIA to trust her feelings. A scheming sorceress in disguise had just trapped her family !
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THE BQP HIGHLY RECOMMENDS SOFIA THE FIRST
We all started out as young princesses once. I remember watching Sleeping Beauty being awakened by the Prince’s true love’s kiss and Cinderella being swept away by her prince Charming because the glass slipper fit. Ahhh…. REALLY ? As a grown-up and a mother of a three year old, there must be better role models for my baby girl. This is no longer a time for damsels in distress and knights in shining armors no longer exist.
If we want to raise strong, indpependent, and smart daughters, WE , their mothers should be their number one models. It doesn’t hurt though, to have them watch good shows like SOFIA THE FIRST. Bravo SOFIA!
Until my next post!