via press release:
Martha Speaks Celebrates Thanksgiving
with a Brand New Two-Part Episode
Premiering Monday, November 19, 2012
on PBS KIDS (check local listings)
–Tune-in as Martha searches for her long lost canine siblings in a special family reunion–
(Boston, MA, November 13, 2012): Martha Speaks celebrates the spirit of family in “Martha’s Thanksgiving,” a brand new, two-part episode airing daily during Thanksgiving week, November 19-23, 2012 on PBS KIDS (check local listings). After discovering that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving, Martha embarks on a quest for to find her own long-lost siblings. Tails begin to wag as she tracks down her canine brothers and sisters, but Martha’s mother is nowhere to be seen. Martha digs into her past to uncover the reason why they were separated. Can she and her friends find her mom in time for the family reunion? Come together with your family and enjoy this heartwarming episode that teaches words like reunion, quest, memory, and connection.
“We’re excited to introduce our audience to Martha’s family,” says senior executive producer Carol Greenwald. “We think Martha’s quest to reunite with her mother is a perfect story for the holidays.”
Now in its fourth season on PBS KIDS, Martha Speaks, based on the best-selling children’s books by Susan Meddaugh, is a proven tool for increasing children’s vocabulary. Martha is a beloved family dog who gained the power of speech when she was accidentally fed alphabet soup. Each episode is an adventure with Martha and her friends, during which they learn an array of vocabulary words. The series is supported by an educational outreach campaign that includes a cross-age reading buddy program. For more information on Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, visit pbskids.org/martha//parentsteachers/readingbuddies/index.html.
New Martha Speaks Games Online
Martha’s adventures continue online at pbskids.org/martha, a comprehensive website that builds on the series’ curriculum to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds. New to the site is Martha’s Stories, a collection of activities, including Town Crier, which helps children write and print their own newspaper stories, In The Park With Skits, in which they race for objects based on vocabulary descriptions, and Pup Talk, which empowers kids to create oral narratives using Martha Speaks characters. Additionally, kids can play Martha’s Circus Spectacular, which features four cutting-edge, gesture-input games that react based on a child’s movement. Visit pbskids.org/martha for more information.
About Martha Speaks
Martha Speaks is distributed internationally by DHX Media and also airs on TVO, Knowledge Network, and SCN and has been acquired by broadcasters across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Martha Speaks is a production of WGBH Boston and DHX Media. Martha Speaks series funding is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®, Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers, and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Additional funding provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations…Dedicated to Strengthening America’s Future Through Education, by the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund and by public television viewers.
© 2012 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. “Martha” and all characters and underlying materials (including artwork) from the “Martha” books are trademarks of and copyrights of Susan Meddaugh and used under license. All other characters and underlying materials are trademarks of and copyrights of WGBH. All third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Used with permission.
About WGBH Boston
WGBH Boston is the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including such innovative, entertaining, curriculum-based children’s media as Arthur, Curious George (the number one show on television for preschoolers), Postcards from Buster, Between the Lions, Design Squad Nation, Martha Speaks (and its Dog Party mobile app, with proven impact on kids’ vocabulary), and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and two Oscars. Find more information at http://www.wgbh.org.
About PBS KIDS
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