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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content in Super WHY!, which focuses on building preschoolers' early literacy skills. This animated educational series teaches kids lessons in friendship, teamwork, and respect, as well as how to identify words and letters. Young viewers are encouraged to interact with the lively characters, whose travels through classic storybooks like The Three Little Pigs builds on kids' familiarity with popular stories.
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What's the story?
When problems arise in Storybrook Village, it's up to the SUPER WHY! Super Readers -- Red (of Little Red Riding Hood fame), Littlest Pig (The Three Little Pigs), Princess Pea (The Princess and the Pea) and Whyatt Beanstalk (Jack's little-known younger brother) -- to don superhero attire and save the day. Once transformed into their alter egos, they leap into the pages of books to gather lessons that will help them solve problems. Each Reader is equipped with a special reading-based skill that helps the team overcome obstacles. Whether it's the ability to transform objects by changing a letter in their name ("wall" to "ball," for instance) or the power to replace words in the story with synonyms or antonyms, each team member lends his or her individual talent to the group's work.
Is it any good?
Kids are sure to enjoy this series for its energetic characters and vibrant illustrations, and parents will love its strong educational angle and the positive messages it sends kids about reading and learning.
Not only does this inviting animated series encourage preschoolers to expand their early literacy skills through interactive reading, word games, and spelling challenges, Super WHY! also draws comparisons between the lessons in classic tales like The Three Little Pigs and real-world troubles that kids will easily relate to. The stories' morals also remind youngsters that many problems can be resolved by communication and compassion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about letters, letter sounds, and other reading skills. Kids: What letters do you know? What sounds do they make? What letters are in your name? How do letter sounds combine to make a word?
Parents can reinforce what preschoolers learn from this show by reading to them, practicing the alphabet, and pointing out simple words they see everyday.
- Premiere date: September 3, 2007
- Cast: Nicholas Castel Vanderburgh, Siera Florindo, Zachary Bloch
- Network: PBS Kids
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Superheroes, Friendship, Numbers and Letters
- Character strengths: Communication, Compassion, Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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