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Martha Speaks; Verb Dog, When Action Calls; Martha's Adverb Adventure


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Martha Speaks
Verb Dog, When Action Calls; Martha's Adverb Adventure
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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

Program Description

Verb Dog, When Action Calls! Ken Scarborough Struck by a falling book of five-hundred-and-one English Verbs, Martha instantly becomes - Verb Dog! Using her unique superpower to control people with verbs, Martha sniffs out trouble and defends the town from evil.

Vocabulary (E) verb, amublate, elevate, descend, (un)petrify

Martha’s Adverb Adventure Joe Fallon Weaselgraft and Pablum have a new invention that is sure to make them rich: The Adverbalizer. The device activates adverbs – giving the user the ability to make things happen completely, sloppily, instantly… Of course T.D. orders one…immediately!

Vocabulary (E) sloppily, instantly, immediately, completely, adverb



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