Super Why: Cinderella & Other Fairytale Adventures
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS KIDS)
Overview: Reading is power and Super WHY! helps kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive story book adventures!
DVD Verdict: For those of you that are not aware, Super WHY! is a relatively new series that contains a breakthrough interactive approach to reading education. Classic fairy tales with an innovative preschool twist and colorful and empowering young heroes, Super WHY! is the only preschool property created to help kids learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures.
In truth, my 22-month old son loves this show. He loves it because of the singing and interactive nature of the show. I love it because I teach reading at an elementary school! I enjoy the premise of the show immensely - the ability to solve "every day" problems with solutions from a book or story. I also enjoy the fact that Whyatt's super power is the power to read and a big deal is made of it each and every time.
Each of the other characters has "control" over one aspect of reading - spelling power, word power, and alphabet power. All of these skills are important for thinking about letters and sounds as connected and a part of the reading process. Kudos to PBS for providing yet another powerful show that helps our kids learn!
The four (4) fairy tales featured on this new DVD firstly reveal that the Super Readers are next to work with Prince Charming to find Cinderella. It's up to the team to think creatively and save the day! Then they'll use Alphabet Power, Spelling Power, and Word Power, to help the characters in Snow White learn to stop and think. In The Prince and the Pauper, Whyatt thinks his house is too loud while Princess Pea believes her home is too quiet! Would the friends be better-off if they switched places? To look for a solution, Super Why and his friends encounter two friends just as they are about to switch houses. And, in The Boy Who Cried Wolf, everyone learns the importance of trust. Make reading an adventure and use the Power to Read to change the story in these classic tales. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.