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Martha Speaks; Martha and the Canine Caper; Perfectly Martha


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Martha Speaks
Martha and the Canine Caper; Perfectly Martha
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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

Martha and the Canine Caper Martha inadvertently helps some stray dogs rob Karl the butcher. Worried that she'll get blamed for the crime, she conceals the evidence and pretends nothing happened. When the canine criminals recruit her for another heist, she's torn between the truth and a really big salami.

Vocabulary: (E) distressed, blame, confess, conceal, shame

(I) rob, crime, punish, suspect, honest, hurt

Perfectly Martha Martha thinks there's something fishy about the Perfect Pup Institute. Why are all these dogs behaving so, well, perfectly? Martha is determined to uncover the secret, before any more dogs lose their essential dogginess. Will she succeed or will she become a perfect pup too? Based on the book.

Vocabulary: (E) train, imperfect, obedient, disobedient, misbehave

(I) wild, good, bad, sneaky, secret



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