PBS Announces Release Date For New ‘Super Why’ DVD

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Whyatt and the rest of the Super Readers are coming to DVD with another new collection of Super Why episodes next month.

Super Why: The Adventures of Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 2 via Public Media Distribution.  The 46-minute DVD features two episodes of the family friendly vocabulary-building series in the form of “Little Bo Peep” and “The Sheep Who Lost Little Bo Beep” in a sort of twice-told tale sort of format.

The first of the two episodes follows Whyatt as he tries to figure out how to find Mr. Lizard after Mr. Lizard goes missing.  The answer, as always, is in a book.  The Super Readers meet Little Bo Peep, who is looking for her sheep in a similar situation.  Their adventure with Little Bo Peep helps Whyatt figure out how to find Mr. Lizard in the end.

“The Sheep Who Lost Little Bo Peep” sees the Super Readers as they help two of Little Bo Peep’s sheep find her in the episode’s namesake book.  This comes after Whyatt has a playdate with Wolfy, but can’t find Wolfy.

Super Why: The Adventures of Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of games, activities, printables and more at:

 

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PBS Announces Release Date, Specs For New ‘Super Why!’ DVD

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PBS Distribution and PBS Kids will soon release a new collection of episodes from the hit animated series Super Why!

Super Why!: Sleeping Beauty and other Fairytale Adventures will be released in stores and online Tuesday, Oct. 31.  The collection, which will retail for MSRP of $9.99, can be pre-ordered now via PBS’ online store. It features four more episodes taken from the long-running vocabulary-building series that all focus on famous fairytales.

The disc’s title episode follows Whyatt and his friends as they have to keep waking up Sleeping Beauty in order to convince her not to let life pass her by.  It is a fun new twist on a classic story that is sure to put a smile on any viewer’s face.  “The Frog Prince” takes another classic tale and gives it a fun twist that also teaches a valuable lesson about compromise (a lesson from which even adults could learn).

“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” follows Whyatt and his friends as they try to find out why Whyat’s family is being secretive while “Princess Gwennie Saves The Day” teaches an invaluable lesson about finding one’s own special gifs and talents.

More information on Super Why!: Sleeping Beauty and other Fairytale Adventures is available online along with lots of Super Why! games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/superwhy

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PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Specs For New Super Why! DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution will open the new year with a “super” new release from PBS Kids.

Super Why: Puppy Power! will be released on DVD Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  the latest home release from the family favorite series features four more episodes of fun and word-building lessons for children.

This collection introduces the Super Readers’ newest member, Woofster, in the episode “Woofster Finds A Home.”   In “The Pupp-athon” the Super Readers help Woofster learn how to focus during a talent show, and in “Super Puppy Saves The Day,” Woofster and the Super Readers learn anyone can be a hero.  Young viewers also learn the importance of teamwork in “Woofster and the Pet Pack” in which the Super Readers, along with Woofster” jump into Whyatt’s comic book about Woofster and the Pet Pack.

Each episode features invaluable life lessons while also teaching equally important word-building skills.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $9.99.  It can be pre-ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD, other Super Why! DVDs and lots more Super Why! games, activities and more is available online at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ Latest Super WHY Collection Is 2016’s First Great DVD For Children

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

The Super Readers return once again later this month in yet another new Super WHY DVD in the form of The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures. This latest collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit literacy-based series is yet another hit in its own right. The main reason for this is its featured stories. That will be discussed at more length shortly. The lessons that are presented via each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves. That will be discussed at more length later. Last but hardly least of note are the bonus lessons featured inside the DVD’s case. Each element plays its own important part in the overall presentation of The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures. Altogether they make this latest collection of Super WHY episodes one that is just as valuable in the living room as it is in the classroom.

Super WHY: The Three Billy Goats Gruff And Other Fairytale Adventures is not the first collection of Super WHY episodes to ever be released on DVD. And even while it is not the series’ first DVD release it is just as enjoyable as its predecessors. That is thanks in large part to its featured stories. Just as with previous Super WHY DVDs the stories presented here are children’s classics. But thanks to the series’ writers, the stories have been tweaked to present a somewhat different story. Even with the noted alterations the stories still work in their own right and in turn entertain young viewers and keep them entertained. This critic’s own three-year old son is proof of that. This time out, the show’s writers took on The Three Billy Goats Gruff and tweaked the story so as to teach an important lesson about manners. That lesson will be touched on later as will the lessons presented in the DVD’s other episodes. In The Tortoise and The Hare, the writers took the original story about determination and hard work and tweaked it for a lesson about teamwork and sportsmanship. It’s an alteration that actually works in the long run. The Ugly Duckling presents the most blatant alteration with the ugly duckling learning a lesson about the benefits of hard work and practice versus the original story’s lesson about the ugly duck growing into a stunning swan. Even as much as the writers have changed the story for its presentation here, it also works in its own interesting way. The same can be said of the writers’ take on The Elves and the Shoemaker. This classic standard has received its own interesting update that is sure to keep audiences of a ages entertained and engaged. That is especially the case with the lesson that is presented as part of the episode’s overall story. It is one more way in which the stories featured at the heart of Super WHY’s new DVD prove to be so important to its overall presentation. It and its fellow episodes show that while the stories may not stick entirely to the original fairy tales they can still keep audiences entertained and engaged even in being updated.

The fairytale updates that lie at the center of Super WHY’s new DVD are in their own right a largely important part of the DVD’s overall viewing experience. They show that even being updated from the original stories they can still entertain audiences just as much as those stories. What’s more, older audiences can use these updates as a starting point to introduce their younger counterparts to the original fairy tales. In turn, discovering said originals could be the foundation for a lifelong love of reading. To that extent, even with the presented standards having been updated once again, it still is not a bad thing even in the case of the featured episodes. Even as important as the featured fairy tales are to the whole of this DVD, they are just a collective fraction of what makes its viewing experience so enjoyable. Each episode’s lesson is just as important as the stories. One of the prime examples of the importance of the featured lessons comes in the DVD’s lead story, the update of The Three Billygoats Gruff. The writers use this classic to present a lesson about the importance of using manners. This is done as the writers essentially make the troll the victim rather than the billy goats here. Unlike the case of the original fairytale, the billy goats in this story are rude and inconsiderate to the troll. And it is not until they realize that they are being rude to him that he finally allows them to cross. Learning this helps Wonder Red use her own manners in order to get some cake in the episode’s main story. The Tortoise and The Hare presents here a lesson about teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play versus the original fairytale’s story about hard work and determination. On the surface one might think that replacing the lesson about hard work and determination is a bad thing especially in the case of this story. But surprisingly enough it works. In the updated take of The Ugly Duckling, the writers have completely updated the story, replacing the original story of not judging a book by its cover with a lesson, ironically enough, about hard work and determination. In the case of this story, the duckling is having trouble swimming. So it’s up to the Super Readers to help the duckling realize the rewards of hard work and perseverance. It may as well not even be called The Ugly Duckling considering this massive re-working. But that is beside the point. What matters is that the lesson taught here is just as important to the DVD’s overall viewing experience as those presented in the other episodes. Whether for this lesson or the others noted here, it can be said that all of the lessons presented throughout this DVD add their own interest to the DVD’s overall viewing experience. They aren’t the only lessons incorporated into the DVD’s overall viewing experience either. There is also a pair of bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case. That pair rounds out the key elements included in the DVD that make it worth the purchase.

The lessons that are featured within each of this new disc’s episodes are in themselves plenty of reason for any family and educator to add it to their own home DVD library. Of course they are not the only lessons included in the disc’s presentation. Included inside the DVDs case is a pair of additional lessons for parents and educators alike to use. The first, “Family Letter Fun” uses “Family” in the title. But it can be used just as easily in the classroom as it could in the living room. It entails printing out sixteen letters and pasting them to sheets in a 4 X 4 setting (4 letters each in 4 rows). Children will be asked to put a certain body part on a certain letter very much as a body part goes on a color in traditional twister. The game goes until someone falls down, again just as with traditional twister. It serves to teach letters and entertain young children at the same time. And while the game entails the use of only sixteen letters, more than likely, the whole alphabet could likely be just as easily incorporated into the game. The second bonus lesson, “Practicing Table Manners” is linked to the DVD’s lead episode. This lesson entails planning a very special fancy meal, complete with invitations and fine flatware, etc. Children will be asked to create said invitations and even menus, and those attending will be dressed in their own finest clothes. Throughout the meal, parents (this lesson applies more in a home setting than classroom) and children will discuss why good manners are important. Some might ask, “well can’t we do this sort of thing any day?” The answer is yes. But having children take part in the process is not something that most parents do at such meals. So having children take part is meant to help drive home the importance of the meal and in turn take pride in everything involved. This includes their own manners and appearance. To that extent, this is very much the important lesson to be included in this disc. That being the case, this lesson is a true bonus. And together with “Family Twister Fun,” the two lessons make for even more reason for families and educators alike to add this DVD to their own home DVD libraries. The bonus lessons coupled with the episodes’ lessons and the stories within the stories make this DVD the first great children’s DVD of 2016.

Super WHY: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures is the first great children’s DVD of 2016. That is made clear through the stories presented within each of the disc’s four episodes. The stories are classics. However, they have been tweaked somewhat for their presentation here. This is nothing new to fans of the literacy-based series. However even with the changes to the stories, they are still entertaining and educational. The lessons that are incorporated into each of the stories add even more interest to each episode. That is because they teach valuable educational and life lessons. Speaking of lessons, there is also a pair of bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case that rounds out the whole of the DVD. One bonus can be put to use both in a classroom setting and a living room setting while the other is more apt to be used in a home setting. Both lessons together add their own extra enjoyment to the DVD and prove once and for all alongside the DVD’s main elements why this DVD is 2016’s first great children’s DVD. It will be available Tuesday, January 26th in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=80523556&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+WHY&parentPage=search. More information on Super WHY is available online now along with Super WHY games and activities at:

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PBS Kids Set To Release New Super Why DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Next month PBS Kids will release its latest collection of episodes from its hit vocab building series Super Why.

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release the new Super Why DVD The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures on Tuesday, January 26th.  The latest addition to the show’s series of DVDs, this latest collection of episodes features four more stories lifted right from the series.  Those stories are: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Tortoise and The Hare,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”  In the collection’s title story, the classic tale gets a little twist when the troll gets to tell his side of the story.  In turn, Red learns what she needs to say to her Grandmother, who won’t let her into the kitchen for a piece of red velvet cake.

In “The Tortoise and The Hare,” Princess Pea and Wonder Red team up for a potato sack race.  The problem is that they can’t agree on whether they need to go slow or fast in order to win the race.  So they join the Super Readers and jump into the story of the Tortoise and The Hare to learn the best way to proceed.

“The Ugly Duckling” gives its own twist on that classic fairytale. This episode teaches young viewers the importance of practice and determination. This lesson is taught as Princess Pea is preparing for her dance recital but can’t get some of her steps right. So she and the Super Readers jump into The Ugly Duckling. Instead of the classic story about the duckling turning into a swan as it grew, this take on the story sees the ugly duckling having trouble learning to swim. So it’s up to the Super Readers to help him learn how to swim. Princess Pea learns that just as the duckling learned by never giving up so can she perfect her dance moves for her recital by never giving up.

“The Elves and the Shoemaker” closes out this latest collection of Super Why episodes. Whyatt discovers in this episode that he has a secret admirer. As he tries to figure out who his secret admirer is, he and the Super Readers jump into the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. The Super Readers discover in this story that the shoemaker has his own mystery to solve as he’s got some unidentified helpers. This helps Whyatt figure out how to solve the mystery of his own secret admirer.

Super Why: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Fairytale Adventures will be available on DVD in stores and online on Tuesday, January 26th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=80523556&cp=&kw=super+why+the+three+billy+goats+gruff&origkw=super+why+the+three+billy+goats+gruff&sr=1. More information on this and other Super Why DVDs is available online along with Super Why games, activities, news, and more at:

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PBS Kids’ New Super Why Collection Is Another Magical Must Have For Teachers, Parents, And Children

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

Earlier this August PBS Kids and PBS Distribution released its latest collection of episodes from its hit vocabulary-building series Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures. Just the latest in an expansive series of releases, this new collection is one more magical (terrible pun fully intended) collection for the whole family. The main reason that it is such an enjoyable collection of episodes is the writing within each of its five episodes. The episodes, on the surface, take Whyatt and the rest of the Super Readers on five more wonderful stories into the world of books in order to solve problems within the books and in turn problems in their own lives. On another level, the work of the episodes’ writers pays off as it teaches some more subtle lessons along the way that tie in to the episodes. Those more subtle lessons could easily be used as starting points for discussions between children and grown-ups on some very real and very important issues. That is another reason that this latest collection of Super Why episodes proves to be yet another enjoyable collection for the whole family. It will be discussed at more length later. Staying on the topic of lessons being taught, Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures also comes with some starting points for equally important and invaluable lessons included inside the DVD’s case that are equally valuable in the classroom and the living room. All three elements together make Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures yet another must have for every educator, parent, and child.

Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released from PBS Kids’ hit vocab building series. That aside it still is no less enjoyable for audiences. As a matter of fact, considering its title and collection of episodes, it could be said that it is in fact quite the magical collection of episodes. The main reason for that is the work of the series’ writers in crafting each of the collection’s episodes. That is exemplified through the fun adaptations of the five classic fairtytales presented in the collection. Snow White is presented as are Cinderella, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Prince and the Pauper and even Cinderella as told from the Prince’s vantage point. While the writers don’t necessarily stick completely to the original stories–which is the norm with any Super Why episode–but the presented adventures do stick just closely enough to the source material to make the Super Readers’ adventures enjoyable. On another level, they make the adventures enjoyable that they leave young readers wanting to read the original stories from which the adventures were lifted. What’s more, the writers clearly and efficiently manage to tie in the Super Readers’ problems with the stories’ problems. This makes both concepts easily accessible for the show’s young viewers. It is yet another way in which the writing behind each episode proves to be so important to the whole of the presentation that is Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures. It is just one aspect of the whole that makes the DVD so enjoyable, too. The more subtle lessons that are tied into each of the DVD’s episodes are collectively another important part of the disc’s whole.

The primary lessons that are tied into each of the DVDs episodes in themselves gives this presentation plenty of reason to be watched. However, they make up only one part of what makes this DVD worth the watch. There are some more subtle lessons tied into each episode that makes for even more reason to watch each episode. Now not every lesson might have been intentionally inserted into the episodes. But they are there regardless. One example of those more subtle, secondary lessons comes in “Snow White.” The Super Readers jump into the episode’s title book here and meet its lead character as she encounters the evil queen in her guise of the elderly woman. Those familiar with this story know that the evil queen is in disguise as part of her attempt to kill Snow White. On the surface, this ties directly into the episode’s main topic. On a more subtle level, it could be argued that this episode serves as a starting point for a discussion on the topic of “stranger danger” as it is typically called. That is because Snow White didn’t necessarily know the old woman. She was a stranger. And she didn’t have the best intentions for Snow White. So to that extent it could easily be argued that said topic is there. On another level, the episode’s main topic in which Princess Pea has a stomach ache and has to decide whether or not to take Goldilocks’ offer for some popcorn presents a chance to talk about overeating. This could also lead to a whole other discussion on healthy eating, too. To that extent, it can be said yet again that even if the lessons in question were not intentionally placed in any of the episodes, they are there. And this episode alone is just one way in which that argument can be made. “The Prince and the Pauper” teaches a subtle lesson that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. This can lead to a discussion on jealousy (wanting what others have and whether or not it’s really worth it). It could even be argued that a discussion centered on appreciating what one has could be started from this episode, too. Yet again, here is another example of how the secondary, more subtle lessons featured in this disc serve to enhance the overall viewing experience of the presentation in whole. It is not the end of the positives boasted by this latest collection of episodes, either. The bonus lesson ideas included inside the DVD’s case round out the presentation, showing in whole why it is in fact yet another must have for any educator, parent, and child.

The lessons–both primary and secondary–that are presented throughout each episode included in PBS Kids’ new Super Why compilation make this disc by themselves a must have for any educator, parent, and child. While both elements prove equally important to the overall viewing experience here, they are not the only reasons that educators, parents, and children alike will enjoy and appreciate this collection. Along with those lessons, there are also some extra ideas for lessons included inside the case itself that are just as valuable in their own right. One of the lessons in question centers on the story of Cinderella. It utilizes the concept of Cinderella having to keep track of time as a starting point for a lesson on telling time. And it’s not just a lecture lesson either. It encourages educators and parents to actually make a clock together and in turn learn about telling time. From The Boy Who Cried Wolf there is a lesson that not only allows children to have a party but learn at the same time by throwing a party that is centered on a specific letter of the alphabet. The catch is that all of the food, decorations, etc. must center around said letter. This has possibilities beyond just learning letters. It could lead to lessons on manners and maybe even more. There is also a vocab building game that uses musical chairs as its base, and even an invaluable lesson about appreciating and celebrating the things that make us different. This lesson brings everything full circle as it is centered on the Super Readers’ second meeting with Cinderella. Not every one of those lessons will reach every young viewer. But it can be guaranteed that every one of the noted bonus lessons will reach at least one specific group of viewers. That being the case, each one of the bonus lessons included inside the DVD’s case prove in full why they are just as important as the lessons presented within the episodes. Together with those episodes, they serve to show completely why Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures is a definite must have for any educator, parent, and child.

Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures is not the first collection of Super Why episodes to be released by PBS Kids and PBS Distribution. That aside, it proves in whole thanks to its enjoyable stories and equally invaluable lessons to be yet another magical must have for any educator, parent, and child. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=66322776&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+Why&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Super Why collections is available online now along with all of the latest Super Why news and even Super Why games and activities at:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/superwhy

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PBS Kids Set To Release New Super Why Episode Collection Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

PBS Kids will release a brand new collection of episode from the network’s hit series Super Why next month.

Officials with PBS Kids and PBS Distribution announced this week that Super WHY: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures will be released on Tuesday, August 11th in stores and online. The DVD will feature five more episodes from the hit vocabulary-building series anchored by “Cinderella.” Also included in this collection are: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “Snow White,” “The Prince and the Pauper,” and a new take on Cinderella, “Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story.” It is in this episode that Super Why and company must travel into the story of Cinderella once again, this time in order to solve another mystery—the mystery of Little Boy Blue’s disappearance. Only Prince Charming can help them because he has experience with a similar experience.

“Snow White” presents the classic fairytale and adds a modern twist that teaches an important lesson about overeating. The lesson is taught as Princess Pea and the Super Readers are at a carnival in this episode. Princess Pea has eaten so much that now she has a stomach ache. But then Goldilocks offers her some popcorn just like the evil queen tempted Snow White with the poisoned apple in the story of Snow White. Princess Pea is tempted to eat just a little bit of the popcorn offered to her by Goldilocks even though she knows that she shouldn’t. So it’s up to the Super Readers to convince her to not give in, leading to the trip into this story.

Whyatt and Princess Pea learn the age-old adage that the grass always seems greener on the other side in “The Prince and the Pauper,” the third of the collection’s five episodes. When Whyatt thinks that his house is too loud and Princess Pea thinks that hers is too quiet, the pair decides to trade places. First, the pair, along with the rest of the Super Readers, travel into the story of The Prince and the Pauper and discover that maybe trading places isn’t such a good idea after all.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” introduces young audiences to the episode’s namesake “fairytale” after Whyatt is the only one around when his baby sister Joy says her first words. In order to figure out how to get people to believe him, he and the rest of the Super Readers travel into the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and help its lead character convince everyone about the wolf.

In the last of the set’s episodes, Red is going to Sleeping Beauty’s princess party. The problem is that Red isn’t a princess. So she and the Super Readers jump into the story of Cinderella to find out how its main character dealt with her own princess problem. Parents will especially enjoy this episode as it teaches not only about the classic fairytale but also an important lesson about self-esteem.

Super Why: Cinderella and Other Fairytale Adventures will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, August 11th. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=66322776&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+Why&parentPage=search&searchId=62950646. More information on this and other Super Why DVDs is available online now along with lots of Super WHY games, activities and more at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/superwhy

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/superwhy

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PBS Kids’ Super Why Compilation Re-Issue Is A Welcome Addition To Any Family’s DVD Library

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids will re-issue its Super Why DVD Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures on Tuesday, January 13th. The DVD, originally released in 2009, is an enjoyable addition to the home library of any family that does not already own the originally released presentation. The main reason that audiences will enjoy this re-issue is right on the box’s cover. Included with this re-issue is a jigsaw puzzle attached to the box’s cover that can easily be removed, taken apart, and re-assembled. The episodes included on the disc are collectively another reason that audiences will enjoy it. To be more specific, the writing within the episodes adds to the enjoyment. And last but not least of all making this DVD worth the purchase is its bonus material. Included on this disc are games and coloring pages for young viewers, and a handful of activities that parents and children can enjoy together. The combination of those bonuses, the episodes’ writing, and the bonus jigsaw puzzle makes Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures a joy for any family and a welcome to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS is the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming. Programs the likes of Nature, American Experience, NOVA, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow and so many others are proof positive of this accolade. Just as the programming on PBS proves it to be the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming for the whole family, its kid friendly sister network PBS Kids is the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming for children. In comparison to the likes of Nick Jr., Disney Junior, and even Disney and Nickelodeon, those commercial networks offer very little to be honest, in the way of truly worthwhile children’s programming. PBS Kids’ Super Why is just one of so many great programs offered by that network proving why it is the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming for children. Regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Super Why, audiences will find that it offers plenty to like about it. The most obvious of positives that this re-issue offers audiences is the bonus jigsaw puzzle attached to the box’s cover. The puzzle is attached using rubber cement. So it can easily be removed from the case. And the rubber cement can easily be cleaned off of the case and puzzle. From there, the puzzle can easily be pulled from its sticky backing and just as easily taken apart. Audiences will note that the puzzle matches precisely the box’s cover art. This means that children and parents can–again–easily assemble the puzzle together. Children can use the box’s cover art as a guide to assemble the puzzle. What’s more, they can assemble the puzzle right on top of the box’s cover. That’s because not only does it look just like the box art, but it is also the exact same size as the box’s cover. This also means that there are not a lot of pieces to assemble and take apart. Parents should just find a box or ziplock bag in which to hold the puzzle pieces when they’re not in use. It is easy to lose them. That’s a minor issue since it’s easy to lose pieces with any puzzle. So that in mind, the bonus jigsaw puzzle included with PBS Kids’ re-issue of Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures is a good reason for any family to add this DVD to their library if they do not already own said compilation.

The bonus jigsaw puzzle included in PBS Kids’ new re-issue of Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures is a great reason for any family to add this DVD to their home library. The puzzle is easy to assemble and take apart. On a deeper level, it helps young audiences build organizational skills and problem solving skills. The problem solving skills that are built through the use of the DVD’s bonus jigsaw puzzle are just the start of what the DVD offers audiences. The writing that went into each of the compilation’s four episodes offer their own share of problem solving skills. They also offer more. The manner in which the episodes were written is especially smart. For starters, the show’s writers use repetition in the episodes. Alpha Pig teaches specifically the letters of the alphabet in each episode. Wonder Red teaches the sound that words make when they are fully assembled. Princess Pea and Alpha Pig both teach young viewers the process of assembling letters to make words. Wyatt teaches the actual reading of the words in their full sentence structure. He teaches how certain words do and do not work together in given circumstances. And that is only the beginning of how the writing behind the episodes makes this compilation so enjoyable. There is actually a secondary aspect to the episodes’ writing that makes said writing even more important.

The primary lessons that are taught through each of the episodes collectively make for plenty of enjoyment for audiences. Young viewers will catch on very quickly to the letters and words taught thanks to the repetition of those skills. Just as important to note of the show’s writing is the very fact that they promote literacy and the general love of reading. Wyatt and company jump into the books and learn important skills, yes. But on an even deeper level, the series, as is evidenced in these episodes, promotes a love of reading. It uses the most classic children’s books of all time for both purposes. These are books that are taught both in the classroom and the living room. So to that extent, the use of these classic children’s books could easily serve as a doorway to reading more and more books. It’s one more way in which the writing behind this series proves to make the series and this DVD in particular such a welcome addition in any classroom and in any family’s home library.

The promotion of literacy and general grammar skills both prove why the writing in these episodes is so important to its success. There is no denying their importance. In the same vein, two of the episodes on this disc–“Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs”–also serve as discussions on how to handle bullies. “The Three Little Pigs” presents that discussion point more so than “Little Red Riding Hood.” But that episode, too does delve into that realm to a point. It adds even more value and “oomph” to the compilation. It is never too soon for parents to start discussing bullying with their children. And it is never too soon to start getting children interested in reading and building their ability to read, either. The fact that the show’s writers could promote all of that in just four episodes and do so without letting the episodes get away from them shows without a doubt why the writing in the collected episodes is so important to the DVD’s success. It could even be argued that said writing proves to be even more important than the bonus companion puzzle included on the box’s cover. Speaking of bonuses, the bonus material included in the DVD for both parents and children puts the final touch on the DVD. Whether it be the games and coloring pages for children or the activities for families in whole, the bonus material included in the DVD serves as a fitting final piece to this presentation, proving once and for all why this re-issue is a welcome addition to any classroom or family’s home library.

The bonus material included in PBS Kids’ new Super Why re-issue of Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures is the final piece of the whole that makes this DVD such a welcome addition to any classroom or family’s home library. Included for children is a handful of games that drives home the repetition used through the episodes alongside coloring pages that can be printed out and colored. For the whole family, parents can print out a handful of activities complete with instructions on how to carry out each activity. Parents can put those activity sheets into a binder with other printable activities offered on other PBS Kids’ DVDs for use later in any setting. It should be noted that in order to access the games, coloring pages, and activities, families should have Flash and Adobe Reader. Otherwise, they won’t be able to be accessed. Having them, audiences should open the disc directly on their computers. They cannot be accessed by playing the disc. Audiences will simply open the disc from their start menu and double click on the disc in the drive. From there, they can go through folders to get to each game, coloring page, and activity. When they do access them, parents and children alike will agree that these bonuses are the final touh on a disc that is a welcome re-issue for any family that doesn’t already own it and a welcome addition to any classroom and family’s home library.

Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures was originally released six years ago in 2009. In the years that have passed , little has changed overall with the disc. The bonus puzzle that comes with the disc is a great addition to the whole package. For those that did not have access to the DVD in its previous release, the DVD proves all the more worth the purchase not only because of the bonus puzzle, but because of the episodes and their writing, and because of the original bonus features all included in this re-issue. It will be available Tuesday, January 13th and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575496&cp=&sr=1&kw=super+why&origkw=Super+Why&parentPage=search. Families can watch even more episodes of Super Why and play more games online at the show’s official website http://pbs.org/superwhy. Families and educators can keep up with all of the latest news from the show online both there are the series’ official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/superwhy. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS, PBS Kids Re-Issuing Compilations From Four Family Favorite Series

PBS Kids is starting off the new year with a bang.

On Tuesday, January 13th, PBS and PBS Kids will release four new DVDs—Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, and Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk. Each of the DVDs listed has been previously released. However, in their upcoming re-issues, each one will come with a bonus puzzle for kids to assemble.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventure teaches young viewers about the importance of nature and ecological preservation. In this DVD, Caillou learns about the value of nature and the environment as he goes on a hike with his grandfather to Blueberry Point and helps his parents plant a tree in their garden. In features six episodes at a total run time of fifty minutes.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood was the very first of the DVD releases from what is the first TV series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The DVD features three episodes—“Daniel’s Birthday,” “Daniel’s Picnic,” and “Neighbor Day.” It runs a total of fifty minutes.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza features eight episodes from the family favorite hit series about a family of dinosaurs and the family’s many adventures. Among the eight episodes included on this disc are “The Egg Stealer?” and “Hatching Party.” In the first of that pair, Buddy and Don have a mystery to solve when they happen on a group of unhatched eggs on their beach. In “Hatching Party,” Buddy, Tiny and Mrs. Pteranodon ride the Dinosaur Train to an egg hatching party. These two episodes along with the disc’s remaining six bring its total run time to 100 minutes.

 

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk sees Wyatt and his friends jump into the worlds of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Princess and the Pea, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. The total run time of the disc is 100 minutes.

More information on these and other titles from PBS Kids is available online at:

Website: http://pbskids.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PBSKIDS

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