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Martha Speaks; Nurse Martha; TD Gets the Scoop

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Martha Speaks
Nurse Martha; TD Gets the Scoop
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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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Nurse Martha Being able to translate animal speech sure comes in handy when Martha gets a job as the vet's assistant. But when Mrs. Clusky's niece brings her puppy to the vet — and he speaks nothing but incomprehensible puppy talk — Martha's going to need more than her linguistic skills to figure out what's wrong.

Vocabulary: (E) examine, observe, research, symptom, vaccine

(I) test, treat, checkup, veterinarian, healthy

TD Gets the Scoop Carolina is starting a newspaper, the Carolina Town Crier, and she needs some crack reporters to track down the news. TD turns investigative reporter, until he becomes the headline himself. Martha thinks she's uncovered a real scoop, but Carolina disagrees, no bones about it.

Vocabulary: (E) inspect, information, investigate, scoop, uncover

(I) news, story, headline, cover, print



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