Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2009 Television
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Network: PBS KIDS GO!
The pen is mightier than the sword and superhero Word Girl chooses her weapons carefully. But a rich vocabulary won’t do any good if no one understands what she’s saying, so each episode she introduces viewers to the definitions and context of new and challenging words. The stories and lessons are so entertaining most kids won’t realize that - horror of all horrors - they are working on language art skills.

The premise is simple; Becky Botsford is a fifth grade girl with a big secret. She’s really from planet Lexicon and she regularly fights a war of words against villains: the butcher, Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy and Dr. Two-Brains. With her friends Violet and Todd, they learn fight them off while reinforcing new vocabulary through repetition and context.

For instance, Word Girl repeatedly saves the library from Tobey’s evil robot attack because his plans are "predictable." Although WordGirl keeps explaining this to Tobey, he continues with the same plan, until he and the viewers learn exactly what predictable means. The animation is very simple and a little static, but the writing is funny and topical.

Laura Fries   ©2009 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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