Thursday, August 2, 2012

Back to School: DVD Review: WORD GIRL The Rise of Miss Power

Believe it or not, the kids are heading back to school in a few weeks. I'll do my best this month to feature products you might find useful as your kids get ready to start a new school year.

I grew up on PBS shows like Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Electric Company and Zoom. When I was asked to review WORD GIRL: The Rise of Miss Power, I hopped at the chance. My girls haven't watched this show in a year, but the Lil Princess (8) sat down to help me review it.

This DVD contains two episodes. In "The Rise of Miss Power," a new super hero arrives in town with her sidekick Colonel Giggle Cheeks. She agrees to take WORDGIRL under her wing to show her how to fight crime quickly. It soon becomes apparent that Miss Power is nothing more than a bully who uses mean words to fight her enemies. Can WORDGIRL defeat Miss Power and save the city?

What the title episode shows young people is the power of words. Words can be used to build up or cut down. The Lil Princess easily grasped the message, and it has a real application for her at home and at school. Often we think of bullying as being physical, but our words can be just as painful. "The Rise of Miss Power" allows young viewers to understand how our words can hurt others. In addition, it shows how your actions and personality can change as a result of using such hurtful words.

In "A World Without WORDGIRL," Becky is upset when her crime fighting responsibilities interfere with enjoying her most amazing birthday party ever. When her wish for a WORDGIRL-free world comes true, she's afraid of what she's just done.

This was another great episode. Like the first one, it teaches a valuable lesson. Becky learns the impact of her wish and how one person can make a huge difference. This easily shows children their value in their home and their community.

WORDGIRL is a fabulous show that blends action, adventure and fun learning. At the beginning of the episode, they announce the words that will be featured during that segment, and they are used often. WORDGIRL or one of the other characters will provide a definition of the word during conversation, so your child will know what the word means and how it is used.

This DVD also has special features: two interactive games and coloring pages. I couldn't get these special features to launch on their own, but the troubleshooting instructions included on the DVD got me to them just fine. The games are short, but there are more games online.

WORDGIRL is geared toward younger elementary students. If your child struggles with vocabulary or reading comprehension, they can find some help from this show.

  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 70 minutes

  • I received a free copy of this DVD from the publicist in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

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