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Martha Speaks; Dog Who Came to Dinner, The; Martha Calling


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Martha Speaks
Dog Who Came to Dinner, The; Martha Calling
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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

Dog Who Came To Dinner Helen agrees to take care of Mrs. Clusky's dog for a few days, and Martha can't wait to welcome their houseguest. To Martha's chagrin, Francois turns out to be a demanding and manipulative guest who knows just how to charm the humans. When Martha gets blamed for the teacup poodle's bad behavior, something has to be done, but what?

Vocabulary: (E) jealous, visitor, privileges, envy, demanding

(I) houseguest, welcome, rude, polite, manners

Martha Calling When Martha wins a trip to the Come-On-Inn from a radio call-in show, there's only one problem: No dogs allowed. Helen and Martha put their heads together to come up with a solution. Enter Granny Martha. But when a "mad dog" eats Granny Martha, pandemonium ensues. Where's Martha and why is everybody running for the exits? Based on the book.

Vocabulary: (E) allow, forbid, permit, restrict, problem

(I) guest, rules, invite, vacation



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