McKenna Shoots for the Stars on Blu-Ray/DVD

This is a big week for US gymnastics -- the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics trials were held in San Jose this weekend, and we finally have a 2012 US Olympic Gymnastics team!  With all the excitement surrounding one of America's favorite Olympic sports, the timing couldn't be better to introduce a girl who has some Olympic dreams of her own: McKenna Brooks.  Actually, millions of girls around the country already know McKenna, because she's American Girl's 2012 Girl of the Year.   Her movie, McKenna Shoots for the Stars, debuts tomorrow, June 2, on Blu-Ray and DVD.  The Pea owns a McKenna doll, so she was so happy when American Girl sent us an advance copy of McKenna's movie to review, as well as supplies to host a McKenna viewing party!

The Pea invited three of her friends to watch the McKenna movie with her.  They are all American Girl fans, so they brought their own American Girl dolls with them (the dolls had not been to a party together since we hosted our American Girl holiday party last December, so they were happy to dress up and socialize!).  Each girl got a cute American Girl rubber bracelet and a McKenna activity sheet.

I also bought some American Girl partyware and crafts to liven things up, so the girls started out by making craft boxes and cards.  Once they had glued and glittered to their satisfaction, we watched the McKenna movie.  After that, we all took a deep breath, had some muffins and fruit on cute American Girl party plates, then watched the US Gymnastics Olympics trials and cheered on Gabby Douglas as she won the all-around competition and made the team!  What an exciting, inspiring afternoon!

So what did we think of the movie?  All the girls loved it!  The movie is based on the 2 McKenna books, McKenna and McKenna, Ready to Fly, so they all knew the story, but I think that seeing it performed by real girls on screen really brought home the challenges that all girls face:  being ashamed to ask for help, getting into fights with friends, dealing with frustration and disappointment, facing up to your fears.  The girls did say there was far too much hugging and kissing than you would normally see between real girls in real life, but they all agreed that it was a good movie.   I even caught The Pea with tears in her eyes :)

As a parent, I would definitely recommend McKenna Shoots for the Stars.  The gymnastics sequences are really entertaining-- advanced enough for viewers to Oooh and Ahh, but not so advanced to make them skeptical that McKenna, who is supposed to be a typical 4th grader, would be able to do them.   The movie has some really good messages:  finding balance between schoolwork and extracurriculars, between old friends and new.  Having read Little Girls in Pretty Boxes decades ago, I'm well aware of the dark side of women's elite gymnastics, and I'm glad that the movie emphasizes that gymnastics is supposed to be fun, to take things one step at a time, and enjoy the sport no matter what level you're in.  It's a great movie for little girls with big dreams!

Win a McKenna Movie Prize Pack
I have an extra copy of the movie, and one of The Pea's friends couldn't make it to the party, so I'm giving some of our party goodies to one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader!  The winner of this giveaway will receive:

* 2 McKenna activity sheets
* 2 McKenna bracelets
* 1 McKenna Shoots for the Stars Blu-Ray DVD

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Disclosure: I received 2 complimentary copies of the DVD plus activity sheets and a gift card to purchase party supplies and crafts. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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6 Comments, Leave yours here:

The SSS Life on July 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM said...

the Character that inspires me the most from the movie is Josie because even when Mckenna saw her as a weird person because she was in a wheel-chair she still wanted to help her out , be her friend. She inspired me to work harder because of her intelligence and different ways to learn something new. Like when she showed Mckenna how to read using the chinnese poem called Haiku as i read in the book.

Anonymous said...

the person that inspired me the most was mckenna because she was bacily the 1 who showed her skills and showed that she can accomplish annything

phxbne on July 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM said...

McKenna because she perseveres

phxbne on July 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM said...

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phxbne on July 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM said...

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Skye on July 17, 2012 at 11:56 AM said...

Mckenna because she does a great job in school after a tooter . Also because she learns that nothing is to hard you just have to try!

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