Monday, April 12, 2010

Word Girl: Earth Day Girl DVD

You will see a theme this month as I review and giveaway DVDs dedicated to the tenets of Earth Day! Modeled in the tradition of classic superhero cartoons Word Girl is a hero kids can relate to! Word Girl is a young girl with clever ideas to change the world for the better, fighting seemingly everyday villains. Why Word Girl? Because this PBS character not only saves the world from dastardly scoundrels but introduces vocabulary words, reinforcing their meanings in the context of comic-book-like animated adventures.

Word Girl: Earth Day Girl will remind parents of the superhero adventures of their youth complete with a soundtrack which will seem unbelievably familiar. Suggestive of an educational and much younger “Wonder Woman” Word Girl presents explanations of quite advanced vocabulary in a way children will be bound to remember with the help of course of the ever present sidekick Captain Huggy Face. This has been our first encounter with Word Girl. I have always been a firm believer in using high vocabulary when speaking to my children rather than “dumbing things down”. People are amazed my the vocabulary of my children which is the simple result of my husband and I using the very same method Word Girl employs--Use the word and then reinforce by defining the word or following the use of the word with other familiar words which have the same meaning. This may sound complex but is really simple!

Word Girl: Earth Day Girl features 8 exciting and goofy episodes in which Word Girl and monkey sidekick Captain Huggy Face encounter quirky villains. I found it ironic that the villains were as mundane as a young birthday girl, a sandwich making guy, a kid named Tobey, and the butcher. The spoof-like quality of these episodes promoted the odd chuckle from my husband and I. My children found this DVD intriguing and were attentive to the content and story line but I believe toddlers would not be drawn in and may become bored. I’d recommend this DVD to children ages 6-10. Word Girl’s superhero story lines appealed to my nine year old son and the slap stick antics kept my 5 and 7 year old daughters in their seats. I was just pleased by the educational quality! 16 new vocabulary words are presented on this DVD words like recycle, guarantee, coincidence, motivate, and even perplexed!

Earth Day Girl~ Buried in Bubble wrap and other excessive packaging Word Girl decides it is time to take action and plans the perfect Earth Day event. Unfortunately, the self involved and greedy Birthday Girl threatens to destroy the day and the earth in one fell swoop!

Mr. Big~ Mr. Big, the mysterious man, is preparing to carry out a mysterious plan--The Thing!! A little vague?? Word Girl fights the vague “Thing” which seems mysteriously to have everyone obsessed. Can Word Girl convince a brainwashed public that the vagueness of the Thing n=must be fought with specifics?

Lady Redundant Woman~ Fight redundancy with Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face! When an everyday copy store employee merges with a photocopier she becomes super villain Lady Redundant Woman. Will the multiple Lady Redundants take over the copy store from manager Dave? Not if Word Girl can help it!

Also enjoy You Can’t Crush City Hall, Two-Brain Highway, Jerky Jerk, Tobey or Consequences, and Coupon Madness! And don’t forget the cool special features: Interactive Games, Parent Information and even Colouring Pages.

In honour of Earth Day we have two copies of Word Girl: Earth Day Girl up for grabs! Word Girl “Fighting for truth, justice, and use of the right words”!
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