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Arthur; April 9th


April 9th, Part I and April 9th, Part II

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April 9th
Program Number

710; 105A; 105B

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

April 9th begins like any normal day ... until a fire destroys the teacher's lounge and forces Lakewood Elementary to close. This unexpected event finds the children dealing with a wide range of emotional reactions: Sue Ellen is devastated when her diary is ruined. Binky sees the frightening flames up close but tries to act cool. Mr. Read escapes a school catering job unhurt -- but now Arthur is constantly worried about his dad's safety. And Buster feels totally left out because he overslept and completely missed the disaster!

As Arthur and his friends struggle with their feelings about the fire, they wonder if life will ever return to normal. But with the support of parents, teachers, and community members, they discover that by reaching out and working together, they can help each other through the most difficult of times.

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Social Issues
Greenwald, Carol (Series Producer)
CINAR (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Arthur; April 9th,” 10/23/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2683D05D1C14230A2A8155F87B54FB6.
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