'WordWorld: It's Time For School'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, 'WordWorld' is a CGI animated television series that debuted on PBS Kids. It was produced by The Learning Box and WTTW-TV. The series premiered on September 3, 2007 and ended on January 17, 2011 with 80 episodes and 3 seasons. These eight fun stories are grouped together and titled 'It's Time For School'.
DVD Verdict: When its Ducks turn for show-and-tell at school, he wants to bring the thing he loves best his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time?
That's just one of the running themes here within the eight stories that make up the always-excellent new 'WordWorld - It's Time For School' DVD.
“Shark’s First Day of School” - It’s the first day of school for the youngest WordFriends, but Shark is afraid to go. With the help of his good buddy, Duck, and some gentle encouragement from their teacher, Cat, Shark’s fear turns to confidence, and by day’s end he’s at the head of the class. [Build a Word: FLAG]
“The Best Nest” - It’s Duck’s turn at show-and-tell at school, and he wants to bring the thing he loves the best: his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time? [Build a Word: NEST]
“Sandbox Surprise” - Duck and Dog become curious about compound words when they discover the word “sandbox” is made of two words. How many words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose? [Build a Word: SANDBOX]
“Duck At Bat” - Duck loses the letter “b” to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. He tries to build other words to hit the ball – MAT, HAT – but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word…and hit a homer! [Build a Word: BAT]
“Totally Terrific Duck” - Bear is going to paint everyone’s picture today, and Duck wants to look “totally terrific” for his portrait. Not to worry! Frog and Sheep help him build a tie, top hat, and tutu – because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter “T.” A tie, top hat, and tutu? Now that’s one totally, totally, TOTALLY terrific-looking Duck! [Build a Word: TIE]
“Tick Tock Space Clock” - When a mysterious rocket lands in WordWorld, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock. He searches all over WordWorld, listening for the special sound that will lead the robot to the clock that will save his home planet. [Build a Word: CLOCK]
“Dog Wants to Play Ball” - Dog wants to play ball, but he’s having trouble communicating with his friends. Pig, Sheep, and Frog each think Dog wants to do what they want to do. When Bear actually takes the time to listen to Dog, Dog gets his wish…and everyone has a ball! [Build a Word: BALL]
“Welcome Home, Duck” - Frog, excited about Duck’s return from a long vacation, makes a “Welcome Home” banner to hang over Duck’s nest. Problem is, the dock connecting Frog’s log to Duck’s nest has broken, so Frog has to find another way across. Frog tries building a sock and a block to replace the dock, but it’s not until he builds a rock that he can land on, halfway across the pond, that he’s able to get across the water to Duck’s nest. [Build a Word: ROCK]
The loveable WordFriends take children on adventures in a world of words where they encounter all sorts of situations that can only be solved by building a word! Playfully demonstrating the connections between letters, sounds, words and meaning, WordWorld empowers children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read.
In addition to going on eight fun-filled adventures with the WordFriends, WORDWORLD fans will find a special bonus book inside this DVD that features 16 pages of activities. The Learning & Activity Book offers families another fun way to teach kids new words and reinforce reading skills. This book, which features coloring pages, word searches, and other activities, will be included within this DVD for a limited time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.