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Martha Speaks
Patrol Dog Martha; Crooning Crook Caper, The
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Premiered September 1, 2008

"Martha Speaks" is an animated series that is designed to enrich the vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds. The series is based on the classic books by Susan Meddaugh that have charmed and captivated millions of children. Each episode uses Martha's unique linguistic abilities and the hilarious consequences to engage kids and help build their vocabulary skills.

In each Martha Speaks episode, the characters use special words throughout the show. Explicit words, marked with (E), are defined by one of the characters on the show. Implicit words, marked with (I), are used on the show but not defined.

Produced with Studio B Productions, Inc. Series release date: 9/1/2008

Program Description

Patrol Dog Martha Raye Lankford Martha wishes she could help solve crimes like Rascal the police dog, and she’s in luck! Officer O’Reilly lets Martha fill in while Rascal is away. Out patrolling, Martha smells a rat. Can she convince them that there’s something rotten in the rutabaga? Vocabulary (E) patrol, citation, smuggle, secur(e)(ity) (I) officer, police, freeze, beat, cop

The Crooning Crook Caper Peter K. Hirsch Helen wishes she could be a kid detective just like her favorite book character, Curious Crystal. When Helen and Martha find a business card for “The Whistler” with “You’ve been warned” written on the back, they think their career as super sleuths has begun. Vocabulary (E) caper, detective, camouflage, pursu(e)(it), stakeout (I) footprint, monocle, criminal, notebook, handwriting



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Barss, Karen (Series Producer)
Sullivan, Brigid (Series Producer)
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