VeggieTales’ “Beauty and the Beet” debuted last week, and Focus is coming alongside “Bob the Tomato” and “Larry the Cucumber” to help parents teach their kids a lesson in unconditional love.
Amidst the usual vegetable hijinks, jokes, and a new Silly Song, children will see how Mirabelle, the lead singer of her family’s up-and-coming band, chooses to show love and kindness to Mr. Beet, the grumpy manager of the run-down resort where they’re stuck.
Entertainment with a purpose
Since its start in 1993, VeggieTales has lived up to its theme song’s promise: “there’s never-ever-ever-ever-ever been a show like VeggieTales!” Not only do the fun stories appeal to both children and parents, they impart meaningful life lessons and Biblical values to viewers young and old alike.
Parents can magnify the message of each DVD by using it as a springboard into intentional conversations with their children – and that’s where Focus on the Family is helping.
Everyone knows someone who’s difficult to love
For “Beauty and the Beet,” Focus’ Clubhouse Jr. magazine has partnered with VeggieTales to create a discussion guide that will help moms and dads discuss the DVD’s main theme: loving unconditionally.
It’s an important lesson even younger children can grasp because everyone knows someone who’s difficult to love. The person that comes to their mind might be a troubled neighbor or a little boy in their Sunday school class. It might be a big sister who sometimes takes away their toy. Whoever it is, learning to love unconditionally will teach children how to live out a central tenet of our Christian faith.
Clubhouse Jr.’s discussion guide helps parents connect the dots between “Beauty and the Beet” and their life by giving moms and dads questions that will help kids think through what unconditional love looks like. The questions help children realize that sometimes it’s not easy to love someone who’s being mean, or who is hurting – but that we love because God loves us.
You can purchase “Beauty and the Beet” at Focus’ online store at the discounted price of $9.99. Once there you can also subscribe to our magazines for children: Focus on the Family Clubhouse (ages 8-12) and Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. (ages 3-7) at 50 percent off newsstand price. Each magazine is filled with activities, puzzles and stories that will help keep children grow their faith.