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Arthur; Prunell The Packrat; What's In A Name

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Prunell The Packrat; What's In A Name
Program Number

1507; 185A; 185B

Series Description

Each of the Arthur episodes consists of two independent stories that focus on themes and events central to children's lives. Whether it's facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher, or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their third-grade dilemmas with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor. "What children love about Arthur is that he feels real to them," says Carol Greenwald, WGBH executive producer. "The emotions he experiences are universal. When Arthur triumphs over something, kids think they can, too. "The series will build on that sense of empowerment by showing how Arthur and his friends use effective, age-appropriate, problem-solving skills. Bringing a book-based series like Arthur to public television will also promote reading and writing skills. Series release date: 10/1996

Program Description

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Prunella the Packrat, 185A Prunella saves everything – ticket stubs, quizzes from second grade, pencil stubs, broken shoe laces…you name it and it’s in her closet! Can Arthur help her break her packrat habits in time to put together the display for the school’s Earth Day fair? Or is Prunella doomed to drown in her clutter?

Educational objective: Prunella learns to recycle and reuse objects she no longer needs.

What’s in a Name, 185B Binky find out that his real name isn’t Binky, it’s… Shelley?!! He’s certain he will have to leave town – or at least school – having this silly name. Until his mom tells him the story of his ancestor, Shelley Barnes, the greatest circus owner of his time…

Educational objective: Binky learns to be proud of his real name after learning more about his ancestors.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Greenwald, Carol (Series Producer)
CINAR (Series Producer)
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