Why would the Strawberry Shortcake friends have to take a school bus and be on a field trip to pick apples? In their other adventures, they manage to do all sorts of things on their own (unrealistically, sure), but suddenly they need the assistance of school to learn that apples grow from seeds!
I just don't understand why fantasy-killing school should even be involved in this story. It makes it much less fun when the kids have to have a "buddy". My daughters and I always enjoyed Strawberry Shortcake for its fun, fantastical world.