When my husband and I first got married we decided to not watch television for the first year–unless it was a movie we already owned. Strangely, the only movies we owned were Veggie Tales. Yup, college students who stocked up on Veggie Tales!
When we finally switched to DVDs, we continued to hoard Veggie Tales knowing one day we’d want our kids to watch them. I’ve recounted how sometimes the vegetables-dressed-as-famous-literary-characters-telling-Bible-stories can be confusing. But there is no denying the humor, the attraction AND the truth from God’s Word. And that is really what I want my kids to know.
When I went to the Dominican Republic with World Vision, some of the other people on the trip were from Veggie Tales and they told us a secret—that a new Veggie Tales show was coming out! A PRINCESS VEGGIE! We made them tell us all about it (include letting us hear the new music by Nichole Nordeman) and made them promise we could promote it on our blogs. Veggie Tales has the same mission as this blog–to give parents resources to show their kids God’s Word. How could I not love them?
Now, onto Sweetpea Beauty! (First of all, isn’t that title great?) This DVD is actually two stories: Snoodlerella’s Tale and Sweetpea Beauty.
Snoodlerella is a Cinderella-like story of an unattractive veggie that realizes her true beauty comes from her value to the King. The King values everything about her and that’s what makes her truly beautiful. Oh, that puts tears in my eyes! I want Lydia to understand her value is not wrapped up in her outer skin. I want her to see she is beautiful because God loves her!
Sweetpea Beauty is a Snow White, Sleeping Beauty kind of adventure. With a little Dorian Gray thrown in! Sweetpea Beauty is a pretty scallion (?) that sees God’s beauty everywhere–in everyone and everything. She teaches the Queen that true beauty is within. And she saves the kingdom, too of course!
My daughter Lydia is 4 years old and a princess movie is right up her alley. She watched it unblinking and then when it was done she listened to the CD three times in a row…while doing her own ballet princess worship dance to every song. I loved how quickly she responded to this true-beauty-princess.
Every truth in this video is exactly the message we want our girls (and boys) to hear. As kids are constantly being compared to peers and siblings, they can begin to focus on their outward beauty or their accomplishments. This movie reminds them God loves them and values them–and that’s what makes them beautiful and lovely! Here’s the gorgeous theme song from Nichole Nordeman. You must listen! Wait! First go grab your kids and watch together!
*wiping tears* Isn’t that what you want the little princess in your life to hear? Would you like to win a Sweetpea Beauty DVD and CD for your little princess? Well, Veggie Tales is giving a set away to one of you today! To enter leave me a comment with your favorite Veggie Tales moment OR if you’ve been living under a rock and don’t watch Veggie Tales, you can tell me your favorite Princess. Or both. I’m not picky!
If you’d like an additional entry use twitter, facebook or your blog to post about this contest: http://bit.ly/VeggiePrincess and leave me a comment for each update.