I love Dr Seuss and always have. To this day, I can remember when my second grade class room at school made green eggs and ham after reading about it. When I was pregnant with Mister, I bought the big ole Your Favorite Seuss compilation book, because I want my kids to love Seuss as much as I do. So, then I learned that PBS Kids had teamed up with Random House and would be adding The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That to their fall lineup, I was very pleased. We don’t have cable, so we watch a lot of PBS!
The new show, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, stars Martin Short as the voice of the cat. The show was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all with the touch of whimsy that characterizes Dr. Seuss.
In this exciting new series, The Cat in the Hat will guide his friends, Sally and Nick, on fun filled adventures where then learn about science, make important discoveries (like how bees make honey and why owls sleep during the day), have fun, and keep up the long cherished silliness of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat is joined by The Fish, Thing 1, and Thing 2 as the Thing-a-ma-jigger helps them go, go, go on adventures.
The new, fully animated series is based on the acclaimed The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book series. The show appeals to preschoolers’ natural curiosity and engages them in the scientific process of exploration and discovery. The first season has forty (yes, forty) episodes, that were created by science and early childhood experts, that begin with Sally and Nick asking a question.
Five of the new episodes are available on the first The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Wings & Things DVD, which was released on September 7, 2010, by NCircle.
The episodes on the DVD include
- Show Me The Honey
- Migration Vacation
- I Love the Nightlife
- Oh Give Me a Home!
- Many Ants Make Light Work
The DVD runs about 60 minutes and does have a Spanish language option.
We received the DVD for review, and I absolutely adore it Mister and Sister really enjoy it. The animations are bright and cheery. The songs and stories are so fun! My favorite episode is Show Me the Honey, where the Cat, Nick, and Sally learn how honey is made.
This is one show that I will sit and enjoy with the kids! I can’t wait to see the remainder of the episodes.
To supplement the TV series’ lessons, an activity-filled website will encourage kids to participate in character-driven exploration of science concepts on PBSKIDS.ORG. There are printable activity sheets, games, and videos on the site. Additional parent and teacher resources will also be available on PBS Parents ( PBSPARENTS.org) and PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org) sites. These sites will feature resources, tools, and ideas, including example questions parents can use to help engage children as they explore the ideas sparked by the series.
Disclosure- I received a complimentary DVD from NCircle to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and are based on my own experience. Your experience may differ.