Review: PBS KIDS Super Why~Humpty Dumpty and other Fairytale Adventures

Super Why is funded by the U.S Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s ‘Ready to Learn‘ grant, and PBS KIDS viewers as well as supporters like Chuck E Cheese’s

Release Information:

  • Video Manufacturer: PBS Distibution
  • Video Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Video Release Year: 2011
  • Video UPC: 0009736820704
  • Number of Disk: One
  • Specifications: Widescreen with English Stereo
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • SRP: $14.99 U.S

With a target audience of children ages 3 to 6, Super Why: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures is a really cute, interactive, educational cartoon featured on PBS Kids that focuses on basic reading education for preschoolers. Each animated story is less than half an hour long and focuses on a very colorful ‘magical’ world of fairytale characters and creatures called Storybrook village which is hidden behind bookshelves in a children’s library

The four main characters and ‘best friends’ include Whyatt, the leader and little brother of Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, and his three best friends Red, Pig, and Princess. Each of these characters are based on fictional story book characters preschoolers and parents alike will easily recognize from fairytale’s. These friends include Pig from the Three Little Pigs, Red from Little Red Riding Hood, and Princess from the fairytale Princess & the Pea.

Super Reader Princess Presto featuring her super spelling powers

Called upon from their secret clubhouse named “The Book Club,” these four cute characters transform into superhero’s called Super Readers with special powers who go on reading adventures by flying into story books. Whyatt becomes ‘Super Why’ with the power to read, Pig becomes ‘Alpha Pig’ with alphabet powers, Red becomes ‘Wonder Red’ with word powers, and Princess becomes ‘ Princess Presto’ with spelling powers. secret clubhouse named ‘The Book Club’.

Episodes include:

Humpty Dumpty – Pig has climbed to the top of his brand new slide and he’s afraid to come down. The Super Readers fly into the Humpty Dumpty book to figure out how he can safely get down from that wall.

Cinderella – Red, who’s not a princess, is worried about fitting in at Sleeping Beauty’s princess party. The Super Readers leap into the book of Cinderella to see how she handled her own princess problem.

Pinocchio – Whyatt told a lie and he feels really guilty! The Super Readers visit Pinocchio, a boy who also fibbed and whose NOSE is growing, right before his eyes! Pinocchio needs the literacy-powered assistance of the Super Readers to face up to Gepetto…nose and all.

Rumpelstiltskin – Princess Pea’s father is busy, busy, busy with no time to help her tie up her skates. The Super Readers use their literacy powers to visit another Princess whose funny little helper, Rumpelstiltskin, is far too busy to help her spin straw into gold.

The Super Readers solve problems with their literacy powers.

  • Pig becomes ‘Alpha Pig’ with alphabet powers
  • Red becomes ‘Wonder Red’ with word powers
  • Princess becomes ‘Princess Presto’ with spelling powers
  • Whyatt becomes Super Why with the Power to Read
  • Super You – The power to help!

In each of the four episodes of Super Why: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures, children are encouraged to participate as leader Whyatt explains to little viewers before each episode “In this story, we will apply the alphabet, practice the magic of spelling, & use the power to read to change the story!” Before each episode, Super Why and the Super Readers visit Storybrook village-where all the story book friends live! The first episode is titled Humpty Dumpty and begins with friend and Super Reader Pig, who discovers he is afraid to slide down his new slide. Whyatt (Super Why) and fellow Super Readers resolve to help find a solution to Pig’s fear of sliding by looking into the book Humpty Dumpty.

Super Why and the Super Readers look to help Pig overcome his fear by using their literacy powers. Once the four friends transform, they are able fly into the book Humpty Dumpty. Whyatt and the Super Readers often engage preschoolers by having them help them learn and discover letters of the alphabet to solve problems as well as spell and read in a fun and engaging manner. The goal is to discover a connection by reading.

Through participation, preschoolers learn that both Pig and Humpty Dumpty are afraid of something! Humpty is afraid of falling as is Pig! The story features Pig interacting with viewers by using letters to find alphabet snacks used to lure the kings horses away from the wall Humpty Dumpty sits on. This way Pig, Super Why, and the Super Readers can help Humpty down from the wall.

In this cartoon, young readers are encouraged to keep their eyes out for ‘Super Letters.’ Each letter is significant. These super letters are put into Whyatt’s (Super Why) ‘Super Computer’ to find the Super Story Answer! Little viewers can help out by spelling out words with a Super Reader to make items apear! With all of the super letters spelled out, the Super Story Answer spells out a word which helps Pig not be afraid to go down the slide! Preschoolers can also interact with music at the end of each episode and the colorful animation is sure to capture their attention throughout the story.

Each of the four episodes takes the viewer and Super Readers on an exciting adventure involving the alphabet, spelling, and reading. This DVD also features a ‘For Parents’ section that features activities that can be viewed or printed in PDF form and a Special Features section for kids with music, games, and more!

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