Ultimately, however, Sara comes to the point where she has lost, given, and served so much she can trust in nothing shy of a miracle. She receives it, but only because of others who themselves have been moved to compassion at her sufferings.

The Penniless Princess is a powerful story for the whole family which draws parallels (even within the telling) to the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob, who went from favored status to having nothing, never losing sight of who he was in God's eyes. You may recall Big Idea already told that story in The Ballad of Little Joe. Now that they're concentrating on how to teach those same great lessons to little women, the VeggieTales crew has seized upon a message with as much worth as one of Captain Crewe's diamonds.

But will boys like it? I can only point to my 9-year-old son, who wanted nothing to do with the DVD when I brought it home, but has since watched it twice (because it was on and he had nothing else going on) and said, "Wow, that is a really great story. Probably my favorite VeggieTales episode."

Oh, and we haven't even covered the most important part -- the silly song! The one in The Penniless Princess will draw laughter and appreciation from anyone who's ever seen young people express their feelings through the abbreviated language of text messages. IMHO, Sara Crewe will become your new BFF as The Penniless Princess makes you LOL and CRBT (look it up).

NEW VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess from bigidea on GodTube.

Shawn McEvoy is the Managing Editor for Crosswalk.com.

Lauren McEvoy is a rising second grader at Nuckols Farm Elementary School, an aspiring actress and teacher, and recently-baptized 7-year-old who has already watched The Penniless Princess four times.

Publication date: August 13, 2012