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Martha Speaks; Alice Twinkle Toes; Martha Fails the Course

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Martha Speaks
Alice Twinkle Toes; Martha Fails the Course
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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

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Alice Twinkle Toes Alice is a talented athlete, but grace is not her middle name. After she sees a performance of the ballet, she secretly wishes she could take ballet lessons. But how can she ever admit she's interested when she knows her brother Ronald will tease her mercilessly?

Vocabulary: (E) awkward, balance, clumsy, graceful, coordinated

(I) athlete, dancer, klutz, stumble, beautiful

Martha Fails the Course After she sees a dog agility course on TV, Martha decides being an agility dog is just the thing for her. But when she tries out a course that Mrs. Clusky built for Fran├žois, her agility dream becomes a nightmare. Now Martha won't even walk in public. How can Helen and Alice get Martha back on her feet?

Vocabulary: (E) agility, flexible, nimble, challenge, course

(I) speed, smooth, quick, move, fall



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