Back in May of 2012, when we reviewed the pilot episode of Ruby’s Studio, Ruby’s Studio: The Feeling Show, my daughter and I both looked forward to the fall when we hoped a network might pick up the program or that the The Mother Company, the creators of the show, would be able to produce a half dozen or so more episodes. Well, good work takes time and great programming can take even longer, especially on a budget. So it was not until this past December that we received word that Ruby had returned to her art studio with another episode, Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show.
Like the pilot episode, The Friendship Show features four kids who visit Ruby’s art studio to make a creative art project; this time a friendship tree for their best friends. While the children work on their projects, Ruby helps them define friendship, what makes friends special, teaches how to resolves disagreements, how to make friends, and even how to handle bullies. The show features original music scores performed by Ruby (Kelsey Collins) and the talented Katie Todd. There are several animated sequences including the Garden Puppet Theater. By the time my daughter had watched the episode several times, she started singing along with all the songs, especially Elise & Louise which is about two best friends who sometimes disagree on what to do, but always find a way to take turns and work it out (not unlike my daughter’s relationship with her own best friend). Like the Feeling Show, it all takes place with the show’s mission of fostering “social and emotional learning for kids” squarely in mind. When I asked my daughter which part she liked best, she said all of it.
You can watch a preview, purchase Ruby’s Studio or other items, and learn more about the Mother Company and read their excellent blog here. Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show costs USD11.95. Admittedly, that is more than average, but those who buy are helping to produce future episodes. Besides, the lessons kids learn from Ruby are priceless and your kids will watch it again and again. Ruby’s Studio is appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Photo: From shop.rubysstudio.com