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WordWorld

WordWorld

Spring 2008 Television
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Producer: WordWorld
Network: PBS KIDS
Review:
In Word World, a cheerful, colorfully animated musical show, nearly everything is made up of letters. The charming main characters are Dog, Frog, Bear, Pig, Sheep, Duck, and Bug. Their bodies are made up of the letters that spell their names, and their main purpose is to show pre-readers how individual letters make sounds, and putting those letters together makes words. Each show has a theme (the /sh/ or /st/ digraphs for instance) but the producers pull children beyond the particular lesson by having elements in each scene made from letters that are shaped like what they spell. Therefore, a vintage locomotive made up of the letters "t-r-a-i-n" crosses a span which is supported by an ironwork trestle spelling "b-r-i-d-g-e;" a house is shaped like the letters h-o-u-s-e, and most of the furniture inside the house is also created from the letters that spell the item's name. The amount of thought and detail in each episode means there is always something to watch for on repeated viewings. Best of all, the characters have distinct personalities and although they usually get in scrapes of one kind or another, by working together (usually by doing a musical segment "Build A Word" voiced by kids), they overcome their troubles.
Reilly Reagan   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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