My youngest grandson loves the BBC show Sarah and Duck. Our little guy has Sensory Processing Disorder which means anything he perceives with any of his senses can set him into a tizzy. He doesn’t perceive the world like anyone else. In some cases he is a sensory seeker; the little boy that goes stomping through the house for the pure pleasure of hearing his feet slapping on the hardwood floors and feeling that slap on his bare feet. In some cases he is a sensory avoider; the little child that will not go into a room full of people because the smells from their colognes mix and form a toxic aroma for him in addition to the idea of too many people in one place is scary. He’s four years old in September and as he ages we learn new ways to deal with his sensory issues.
When he’s experiencing any type of upset, a little Sarah and Duck (S&D) can often help calm him and reset his world. The pace of this animated show is slow enough for little ones to understand the social interactions between characters and overall extremely peaceful with an unruffled take on life’s little problems. The animation is rather basic and the sound track is relaxing with everyone speaking calmly in a British accent….it is produced by the BBC after all. In each episode, Sarah tackles a problem that for adults seems a bit too simplistic yet for a child of 4 to 6 years old could be a tremendous problem. Each episode is only about 10 to 12 minutes long so it’s not a huge commitment to put on a little S&D because every 10 minutes or so the credits roll and you can say enough and move on to another activity. The show teaches children that it’s okay to be different, that quirky can be good and that most people are just friends you haven’t met yet.
Sarah is very kind, overly polite and looks at the world a little differently. This often eccentric seven year old girl wears a pink and white striped hoodie and a green hat in every episode. Sarah plays the tuba, likes manatees or sea cows as Sarah calls them, plays a matching game with Duck called “Same Bread” and drinks lemon water. She is best friends with Duck who lives with her. Her sidekick, Duck is a duck, plain and simple he quacks, no song and dance, no super powers, he is what he is – a duck. While it may seem a tad odd, Duck wants to be a penguin. He loves bread and is often the beginning of any problem they need to figure out. Together they form a team that accepts new characters for who they are and welcomes any new challenge without any loud music, no fanfare, no bright colors or screaming lights, just a calm and gentle approach to figuring out life.
In the three seasons this show has been on, they have introduced over a dozen friends and neighbors but my favorite is Scarf Lady, a neighbor that is rather forgetful and loves to knit. Her home is full to the rafters with items she knitted – drapery, sofa, chairs, picture frames, wallpaper, etc. She even has a room full of yarn referred to as her wool room in the series. The best part of Scarf Lady is her handbag. This little plaid talking bag holds her yarn, keeps her in check, is quite opinionated and rather cheeky. My hubby LOVES Scarf Lady. I love her yarn bag.
We became familiar with this show through our grandson’s affections for Sarah and Duck. Up till August 2018 Sarah and Duck was available on Netflix but no more. This past spring we signed on for Netflix because my youngest grandson and daughter were flying into town for a funeral and we were not sure if he would stay with us while his mother went to the service. Because of his sensory issues, his mom is his safety net and he doesn’t stay with just anyone. So, we thought – let’s get Netflix so we have a plan B – everyone needs a plan B and a little S&D could be just the ticket! He loves S&D. Maybe this will help. And it did!
Now, I’m considering dropping Netflix; after all they cut the one thing, the real reason we signed on with them. I know this is not really a tirade but I am upset and I know they offer lots of other shows but unfortunately, I need a little S&D…I need to see that cheeky little fellow, Scarf Lady’s Hand Bag.
Please Help: Looking on the internet for copies of the show S&D I found only those that play on a UK or Australian system. Does anyone know if they can be converted?