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Martha Speaks; Firedog Martha; Martha’s Pickle


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Martha Speaks
Firedog Martha; Martha’s Pickle
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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

Firedog Martha Martha wants to be a firehouse dog, just like her favorite book, Firehouse Freddie. But somehow all the things Freddie makes look so easy-climbing ladders, carrying hoses-aren't as easy for a real dog to do. Will Martha give up on her dream?

Vocabulary: (E) reality, fantasy, fiction, imagine, tale, dispatcher

(I) story, real, fact(s), pretend, actually

Martha’s Pickle Have giant alien pickles invaded Wagstaff City? Truman saw something just like it in a movie, but he never saw the ending. Now they're racing the clock to figure out how to defeat the aliens, before they're really in a pickle!

Vocabulary: (E) bizarre, odd, normal, farfetched, rumor, unusual

(I) weird, wacky, ordinary, strange, report



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