Puppies, Puppies, PUPPIES!
Martha Speaks premieres its fifth season with
Puppy Week featuring brand-new episodes!
— New episodes begin Monday, June 24 2013
on PBS KIDS (check local listings)–
(Boston, MA, June 11, 2013) – It’s puppy mania when America’s favorite talking dog returns for a week of brand-new, pawsitively adorable, tail-wagging fun beginning Monday, June 24,2013, on PBS KIDS (check local listings). Kicking off the week with “Puppy Skits,” we learn that innocent, easy-going Skits may, in fact, have been a time-traveling puppy! Then on Tuesday in “The Puppy Tooth Fairy,” Martha and Skits are determined to bring treats to all the Wagstaff City puppies, as they become Puppy Tooth Fairies! On Wednesday in “The Puppy Show,” Martha and the gang try to come up with the perfect pitch for a new puppy TV show. And in Thursday’s “Martha’s Puppy,” Martha thinks it’s a great idea to train baby Jake to become her new puppy.
Puppy week ends Friday with the classic two-parter “Martha’s Life in Crime,” where Martha tells the story of her puppy days. Kids can tune in for the premiere of Martha Speaks fifth season and learn new words such as paleontologist, fossil, exhibit and more: Monday, June 24, 2013, on PBS KIDS (check local listings)!
“We think puppies are the perfect vehicle to teach kids new vocabulary. Words like destroy, mess, ruin, exhausted, and anticipation all spring naturally from stories about puppies and we know they’ll be memorable to kids,” says senior executive producer Carol Greenwald. “And who doesn’t love puppies?”
The Martha Speaks puppy celebration continues at PBSKIDS.org/martha, a comprehensive website that builds on the series’ curriculum to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds. Kids can decorate photos of their puppies using fun props and descriptive words in the popular Dog Tags game. Kids also can print out puppy printables, while parents can find recommended books about dogs and learn how to talk to kids about puppy adoption and puppy safety.
Full Episode Listing and Descriptions
Monday, June 24, 2013 (NEW!)
Can a dog break through the space-time continuum? T.D. thinks so. As Martha recounts the tale of how T.D. first found Skits, we learn that innocent, easy-going Skits may in fact have been a time-traveling puppy!
Dinosaurs in Trouble!
Due to a lack of funds, the museum’s fossil exhibit is closing and Milo and Truman are devastated. What’s more fun than fossils? Can the Mesozoic enthusiasts find a way to save the dinos?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (NEW!)
The Puppy Tooth Fairy
Martha is hit with a stark realization: the Tooth Fairy doesn’t like dogs. Determined to right a wrong, Martha and Skits bound boldly into the night as the Puppy Tooth Fairies. The problem is puppies lose a lot of teeth. So do kittens and elephants and…*gulp*…whales?
Martha’s Blue Period
It’s impossible. It’s unthinkable. It’s unbearable. Helen is leaving Martha and going to art camp. Full of separation anxiety, Martha’s melancholy clouds even her ability to help T.D. take off his shoes. Feeling blue without her companion, Helen pours her feelings into her paintings.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (NEW!)
The Puppy Show
TV producer Laslo Huckey knows just what people want to watch: puppies. But puppies doing what? He challenges Martha and the gang to come up with the perfect pitch for a puppy show.
Never Forget to Remember
It’s the first day of spring and everybody wants to play their favorite outdoor game, Kickup! Only, where’s the ball? In order to find it, the kids recount their memories of the last game. The problem is, everybody remembers things differently…
Thursday, June 27, 2013 (NEW!)
Martha feels it’s high time to get a puppy, but the family disagrees. Even Jake knows that two dogs is plenty. With no other option, Martha sets out to do what any dog would: train a baby to become a puppy.
The Cheating Chum Caper
Inspired by her favorite mystery novel, Heroic Helen is on the hunt for trouble. When she notices TD’s grades have suddenly improved and spies him meeting secretly with Martha and Francois, things get personal. Has she uncovered a cheating scandal between her dog and her best friend?
Friday, June 28, 2013
Martha’s Life in Crime (Parts 1&2)
Martha tells the story of her puppy days in the animal shelter and her excitement of finding a family. But it turns out that Helen wasn’t the first person who adopted Martha. Puppy Martha’s new owner turns out to have unsavory plans for her. Can Martha turn the tables on the bumbling crooks and still find a family?
About Martha Speaks
Martha Speaks works to help increase children’s oral vocabulary – and how better to get kids excited about learning new words than with a dog who just can’t stop talking? Throughout the episode, Martha teaches young children vocabulary words like famous, admire, understudy, and more.
Distributed internationally by DHX Media, Martha Speaks also airs on TVO, Knowledge
Network, and SCN and has been acquired by broadcasters across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Two fun Martha Speaks DVDs – “Martha Says it with Flowers” and “Martha Goes to School” – are available for $9.99 each. Both of these DVDs can be ordered by visiting shopPBS.org.
Martha Speaks is a production of WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation Inc. Martha Speaks series funding is provided in part by the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund including The Germeshausen Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Additional funding provided by public television viewers.
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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, 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.
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