Thursday, March 12, 2015


Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


WORDWORLD is an Emmy Award-Winning PBS KIDS Program
that Helps Children Get Excited about Reading and Progress from
Knowing Letters to Building Words

If you have preschoolers in your home, then you probably watch or have seen the hit animated series which airs on PBS Kids, WORDWORLD.  When I first saw this show last year, I fell in love with it and secretly wished that there was a show like this on when I was growing up and learning how to spell.  What is so cool about this show is that the animals and objects in the show are made up of all letters.  Just look at the DVD cover art above and see how the dog, cake, hat and candle are all spelled out.  Neat, huh?

Not only is this a fun show to watch, with easy to follow along and oh so entertaining story lines, but little ones will have a blast learning the alphabet and letter recognition with the help of their WORDWOLRD friends.  Savannah was first to watch this show when it first aired, but now Bella enjoys it, too, as she see Savannah getting more into it and spelling the words.  Bella is quick to jump in and shout out different letters she sees. :-)

This upcoming DVD release contains the following five full-length episodes which have already aired on PBS Kids...
  1. Happy Birthday, Dog!
  2. Pig's Present
  3. The Rainbow Birthday Cake
  4. Bit by Bit
  5. Bugs to the Rescue!
I can see this DVD being a great gift to surprise a preschooler with on their birthday, or even as an Easter basket filler in a couple of weeks.  Both of my girls love this new WORDWORLD DVD, which they had added to their growing WORDWORLD DVD collection.  I love watching them get excited about letters and spelling and sounding out words.  Who knew that reading could be this much fun?! :-)


More about this upcoming DVD release:

"PBS Distribution recently announced that it is releasing five stories from PBS KIDS’ WORDWORLD series on the new DVD “WORDWORLD: BIRTHDAY PARTY!” This fun-filled DVD includes multiple birthday-themed adventures, the first of which, “Happy Birthday, Dog,” features a surprise party for WordWorld’s friendly canine. Can Frog get the C-A-K-E safely to Dog’s party? Also included on this DVD is “Bit by Bit.” In this story Frog is not feeling well and entrusts Duck and Bug to take his present, a B-A-N-A-N-A, to Monkey’s birthday party. When they accidently break the banana into letters, Elephant steps in and teaches them to build the banana back, bit by bit.

Join the lovable WordFriends for these and other educational adventures as they playfully demonstrate the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning in order to empower children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read. “WORDWORLD: BIRTHDAY PARTY!” will be available on DVD March 17, 2015. The DVD run time is approximately 75 minutes and its SRP is $6.99.

WORDWORLD, which won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children’s animated program, is designed to introduce, support, and foster literacy skills in children ages three to five. Young children explore the colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends – animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they represent. In each story, the WordFriends go on adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound. Once the word is built it “morphs” to become the spelled item – C-A-K-E, becomes a cake!"

Stories included on the DVD are listed below:

Happy Birthday, Dog
It’s Dog’s birthday and all of his friends are planning a surprise party. There’s just one problem – they need a cake! Frog must get to the party safely without Dog finding out.
Build a Word: CAKE

Pig’s Present
It’s Pig’s birthday and his nephews, the Three Little Pigs, are making him a secret present. Although Pig promises not to peek, his curiosity about his present gets the better of him…and wreaks havoc all over WordWorld. Will Pig ever learn to be patient?
Build a Word: JET

The Rainbow Birthday Cake
It is Frog’s birthday, and Duck wants to make him a big, beautiful birthday cake frosted in the colors of the rainbow. Such a cake requires lots of cans of frosting, and Duck learns he can’t just throw cans anywhere – they must be recycled. In WordWorld, recycling means using the letters in a discarded word to make other words, such as can-dle, which is just what Duck needs for Frog’s cake!
Build a Word: CANDLE

Bit by Bit

It is Monkey’s birthday, and a sick Frog entrusts Duck and Bug to take his present – a banana – to Monkey’s birthday party for him. In their enthusiasm to get to the party, Duck and Bug accidentally break the banana into letters…and they don’t know how to rebuild it! It’s just too big a word. Fortunately Elephant knows a thing or two about big words, and teaches them to build the banana back, bit by bit, based on the three syllables in the word.
Build a Word: BANANA

Bugs to the Rescue!
Ant and Dog build a hot-air balloon, but Dog accidentally floats away in it! Ant elicits the help of his insect WordFriends Bug, Bee and Fly to rescue Dog and save the day.
Build a Word: BALLOON

About WordWorld

WordWorld” was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Ready To Learn initiative. Incorporating the latest research into the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, “WordWorld” produces delightful educational experiences for preschool children, on screen, in print, and online. “WordWorld” is owned by General Word LP.

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming, and is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable, and satellite services.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more,, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Street Date: March 17, 2015
Genre: Kids
Run Time: Approximately 75 Minutes
SRP: $6.99
Format: DVD

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. This would be a great DVD to give to my youngest grandson for his birthday coming up!

  2. This looks like a very good DVD to get my nephew for his birthday-he is just learning how to read and this would be great for him to get excited to learn!

  3. We have a few birthdays this month and next and this would be perfect.