'WordWorld: Planes, Trains, and Trucks'
(DVD / G / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: When Frog and the Bug Band head to the beach to have some fun, Frog loses the letters PL from his plane and must search through the jungle to find them.
DVD Verdict: From KIDS FIRST!: With the help of the Word Friends, learning how to read is both entertaining and motivating. In this new edition of Word World, a rocket, a submarine, a plane, a train, a truck, a boat, and a spaceship are just some of the vehicles featured!
I have to first say that WordWorld is one of my son's favorite shows. As soon as the theme song comes on he comes running to the TV and stops what he is doing. I love it too because it is a PBS Kids cartoon and it teaches letters, among other things! If you have never seen WordWorld before, it is a show where are the characters and most of the scenery is made up of the letters that spell them. It is adorable and bright and has very catchy music too!
Two of our most favorite stories included on this DVD are “Pl-Pl-Plane” and “Rocket to the Moon.” In “Pl-Pl-Plane,” Frog, Bee, and Bug are going to the beach to give a concert. While searching for the missing member of their band, Fly, in the jungle, Frog loses the “PL” from his plane. In their search for the missing letters, the group finds several other words that start with “PL” – plant and plug. Others included are:
Another high flying adventure included on this DVD is “Rocket to the Moon.” In this story, Frog is working to create a R-O-C-K-E-T with all uppercase letters. When Frog and Pig’s three nephews end up on the moon, Frog comes to realize that all letters, uppercase and lowercase, are needed to make WordWorld go around.
“Duck’s Family Reunion” - Because they have rhyming names (and are both cute and yellow), Duck mistakes a truck for a long-lost relative! His best friend, Frog, is a bit ruffled at the epidemic of silliness going around, but ends up saving the day for Duck and his word “family” when the truck gets stuck in the muck! Build a Word: TRUCK
“Back on Track” - While looking through his telescope, Frog notices that Kangaroo’s mail train is headed straight for a broken track! He has to rely on Bear and her tiny new tricycle to get him there to fix the track in time. And as if the tricycle isn’t tiny enough, Dog, Duck, Ant, and all his cousins climb on board to lend a hand. Will they make it in time? Build a Word: TRACK
“The Race to Mystery Island” - Pig and Frog are trying to out-do each other. Their competition results in a big race to Mystery Island. Each WordFriend builds himself several words to thwart his competitor along the way. After struggling while competing with each other, Pig and Frog both finally come to realize that the only way they can succeed is to work together. Build a Word: BOAT
“Wee Little Whale” - Sheep rescues a tiny whale who is stuck in some seaweed and brings her home to her haystack. They quickly become best friends. But as Whale gets bigger and bigger, outgrowing Sheep’s teacups, bathtubs, and pools, Sheep realizes she must return her WordFriend to the sea. Although Whale may be big, her friendship with Sheep proves to be bigger, and the two discover a way to continue playing together! Build a Word: SUB
“Race to the Spaceship” - Frog must help Robot get to the top of WordWorld’s highest mountain and build a spaceship in time to play spaceship tag. By adding one word to another, the WordFriends learn how to make a car, boat, and bike go faster. Build a Word: SPACESHIP
“Flying Ant” - WordWorld is all abuzz – today is the Insect Air Show! All the bugs in WordWorld take to the sky to show off their flying skills. All the insects, that is, except Ant, who can’t fly. But Ant is a smart, industrious WordFriend, and with the help of his best pal, Pig, he searches for a word to get him in the air. After a few attempts, they find just the right word to give him the lift he needs to be the hit of the show. Build a Word: KITE
In addition to learning new words while diving beneath the sea with Sheep and riding the rails with Kangaroo, WORDWORLD fans will find a special bonus book inside this DVD that features 16 pages of activities. From coloring pages to word searches, the Learning & Activity Book offers families another fun way to teach kids new words and reinforce reading skills. This book will be included within this DVD for a limited time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.