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August 29, 2007

Wilbur – Books are Moovelous!

September is National Literacy Month and Discovery Kids’ brings five all new episodes of the popular show, Wilbur. Wilbur, an award-winning series created by three moms, is designed to get preschool age kids excited about reading and books. A far, an idyllic setting, serves as a backdrop for Wilbur and his friends and their exciting reading adventures.

Each episode has a new situation and a new problem to solve. Every problem can be fixed through reading a book and finding the answers within the books pages along with the help of some preschool age children who enjoy reading too. As Wilbur points out, books are full of ideas and ideas can help solve many problems. Wilbur narrates and guides children through the reading of each storybook and kids can watch the book come to life on their television screens. In one episode Dasha, a curious duck, needs to learn the importance of saying thank you. Wilbur reads the story of a juggling dolphin who neglects to say thank you to his helpful fish friend. The story, explains in a simple way that “thank you, lets others know that you like what they did for you.” Dasha quickly learns the lesson of thank you and so did your kids.

The goal of the Wilbur series, which was created in consultation with early childhood experts, aims to assist kids increase their print recognition, vocabulary, and listening comprehension skills. It also helps children to develop the patterns, flow and nature of written language. My child simply found Wilbur fun. She laughed and danced when Wilbur gets “wiggling” and became enchanted with the silly songs and short but interesting stories. When Wilbur says, “Moo, moo, moo, read a book with you!” and “Get up and shake it,” she did and even mooed aloud. While she might be a tad too young ( 18 months) to fully understand and comprehend all that she is learning, she is learning none the less and finding out that the process can be incredibly entertaining. These commercial-free shows are a great way for kids to learn the fun fact that books are full of useful, problem solving information. All they have to do is turn the page!

Wilbur airs on TLC and the Discovery Kids Channel. All new episodes begin September 10 at 11 a.m. (ET) on Discovery Kids and 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on TLC. There are more new episodes of other great shows debuting that week such as Peep and the Big Wide World and Hip Hop Harry.