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Martha Speaks; Truman’s Secret; Skits Monkeys Around

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Martha Speaks
Truman’s Secret; Skits Monkeys Around
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Series Description

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

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Truman's Secret Where has Truman been and why is he acting so weird? He's hiding in the garage, lurking in the shadows. He finally agrees to tell the whole gruesome story, but will it be too horrible for them to bear?

Vocabulary: (E) appearance, self–conscious, mortified, flaw, vain

(I) picture, horrible, barber, photo, haircut

Skits Monkeys Around Skits loves to watch Malcolm, the blue monkey on TV. In fact, he loves Malcolm so much he wants to be Malcolm, and he starts wearing a polka dot bowtie. Martha is mortified to be seen with him in public. How long is this phase going to last—or could it be permanent?

Vocabulary: (E) phase, temporary, outgrow, imitate, mature

(I) copy, same, babyish, younger



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