Web site: http://pbskids.org/wordworld
Each episode of "WordWorld" is a narrative built around a wacky troupe of characters, WordFriends, who are characters first and words second. "WordWorld's" WordFriends go on comic adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. Sheep is a shy little girl who loves to pretend; Frog is the cautious brainiac and word "expert"; impetuous Duck is still learning his letters; Pig lives in the moment; Ant is a pragmatic bundle of energy; and Dog is a WordFriend's best friend. A key component of the show is word building, a unique moment when children witness a word "morph" into the thing it is. Word building reinforces the pre-reading concept that letters make words and that words have meaning.
Totally Terrific Duck/A Star Is Born #211
Bear is going to paint everyone's picture today, and Duck wants to look "totally terrific" for his portrait. Frog and Sheep help him build a tie, top hat, and tutu - because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter T. Duck gets a case of stage fright while singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" for all his WordFriends. Instead of singing the word "star," Duck freezes and blurts out the first thing he sees.
- KET Monday, May 13 at noon EDT
- KET Wednesday, July 10 at noon EDT
Dog's Having a Party/Dog Wants to Play Ball #212
Dog and Duck want to throw a house party at Dog's house. But all they have is the letter H, and they don't know what to do with it! With the help of Sheep they soon realize that H is a fabulous letter. Dog wants to play ball, but he's having trouble communicating with his friends because they won't stop and listen to him.
- KET Tuesday, May 14 at noon EDT
- KET Thursday, July 11 at noon EDT
Welcome Home, Duck/The Lost Letter L #213
Frog, excited about Duck's return from a long vacation, makes a "Welcome Home" banner to hang over Duck's nest. Problem is, the dock connecting Frog's log to Duck's nest has broken, so Frog has to find another way across. When Duck accidentally breaks the L off Frog's lamp, he decides not to tell Frog. Instead, he'll just fix it himself.Although Bug and Dog try to help, things spiral out of control, and soon Duck has broken a lamp, a lever and even Frog's log!
- KET Wednesday, May 15 at noon EDT
- KET Friday, July 12 at noon EDT
Bear's Bed Sled/Sh-Sh-Shark! #214
Bear is excited about sledding on the first day of snow, but her plans change when she hurts her toe and is unable to ride her sled. It's up to her friends to find a solution that will let Bear stay in bed and go sledding at the same time. Shark is misunderstood. Everyone is afraid of him and won't even give him a chance to prove he's friendly. Everyone but Duck, that is, who doesn't know that the letters s and h together make the 'sh' sound, and therefore doesn't know who Shark is.
- KET Thursday, May 16 at noon EDT
- KET Monday, July 15 at noon EDT
A String's the Thing/J-J-Jelly #301
After Duck accidentally turns on Frog's new cake frosting machine, the WordFriends must find the right "ing" word to stop it from covering WordWorld in delicious frosting. Pig asks Bear and Sheep to help him make jars for the jelly pumping from his jelly machine. However, when they aren't able to make jars fast enough, the kitchen quickly begins filling up with the purple, oozy treat! Only by working together are the friends able to find a way to contain all of the jiggling jelly.
- KET Friday, May 17 at noon EDT
- KET Tuesday, July 16 at noon EDT
Kite Flight/Hide and Seek #302
When Frog sails away on a big kite he built, it's up to Duck and Shark to save him. Luckily for the WordFriends, Kangaroo comes along just in time to help. Will her knowledge about the letter K rescue Frog and get them all home safely? The WordFriends play a game of Hide and Seek where they have to hide behind WordThings that end in "ake." Shark is so big that it's hard for him to find a good hiding place. What "ake" word is just right for Shark to build?
- KET Monday, May 20 at noon EDT
- KET Wednesday, July 17 at noon EDT
The Really Red Ruby/Firefighters to the Rescue #303
Frog is excited about Sheep's adventure to find the Really Red Ruby, until he learns he is just pretending. Frog is disappointed until he makes his greatest discovery - playing pretend is fun! Duck and Fly want to become firefighters, just like their friend Firefighter Frog. To do that, they need to look out for any signs of smoke in WordWorld, because where there's smoke, there's fire! Will Duck and Fly be able to determine what's really smoke and what's not?
- KET Tuesday, May 21 at noon EDT
- KET Thursday, July 18 at noon EDT
Think in the Rink/X Marks the Spot #304
Duck and Dog want to join Sheep and Frog in their ice skating show. Although Frog warns Duck and Dog to be careful as they practice, the enthusiastic duo gets carried away and carelessly break the ice skating rink. Duck must search high and low for his letter X that has gone missing. His good pal Shark accompanies him. Duck hears the letter X everywhere he goes, but why can't he find it? And why does Shark have a stomachache? Both mysteries are solved when Frog builds an X-ray to look inside Shark's stomach.
- KET Wednesday, May 22 at noon EDT
- KET Friday, July 19 at noon EDT
Race to the Spaceship/Sandbox Surprise #305
Frog must help Robot get to the top of WordWorld's highest mountain and build a spaceship in time to play spaceship tag. By adding one word to another, the WordFriends learn how to make a car, boat, and bike go faster. Duck and Dog become curious about compound wordswhen they discover the word "sandbox" is made of two words. How many words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose?
- KET Thursday, May 23 at noon EDT
- KET Monday, July 22 at noon EDT
Runaway O/Happy Birthday, Dog! #101
When Sheep and Bear open Cat's box of O's, one rolls away, sending them on a mad chase to catch it before Cat wakes up. Dog's friends plan a surprise party for his birthday, and there's just one problem: They need a cake!
- KET Friday, May 24 at noon EDT
- KET Tuesday, July 23 at noon EDT
There's an Ant in Every Giant/Chef Sheep #102
Ant is tired of being the smallest WordFriend, so he adds a G-I- to his tiny frame to change himself from an ant to a giant. When Pig gets a bowl stuck on his face, Sheep must take over his cooking show.
- KET Monday, May 27 at noon EDT
- KET Wednesday, July 24 at noon EDT
Rocket to the Moon/The Birds #103
When Frog needs to rescue the Little Piggies from the moon, he learns to appreciate lowercase letters. Sheep discovers a large egg and has to take care of it until she can find Bird and return it to its rightful owner.
- KET Tuesday, May 28 at noon EDT
- KET Thursday, July 25 at noon EDT
The Mystery of the Disappearing Pie/Duck's Family Reunion #104
When Pig's pie for Bear goes missing, it's up to Detective Sheep to follow the letter clues and solve the mystery. Because they have similar-sounding names, Duck mistakes Truck for a long-lost relative.
- KET Wednesday, May 29 at noon EDT
- KET Friday, July 26 at noon EDT
Sh-Sh-Shark!/Dog Wants To Play Ball #105
Everyone is afraid of Shark and won't even give him a chance to prove he's friendly. Dog wants to play ball, but he's having trouble communicating that to his friends.
- KET Thursday, May 30 at noon EDT
- KET Monday, July 29 at noon EDT
Pies, Pies, Pies!/Waterlogged #106
When Pig promises to make a pie for everyone, he learns a hard lesson about keeping promises and sharing. Frog and Pig's friendship is put to the test when Frog moves in with Pig after his log sinks.
- KET Friday, May 31 at noon EDT
- KET Tuesday, July 30 at noon EDT
Dog's Camping Adventure/V Is for Vacation #107
Dog is excited because Pig and Frog are taking him on his first camping trip. As the weather turns colder, Duck knows that it's time for his yearly migration ... but he's not sure how to go about it.
- KET Monday, June 3 at noon EDT
- KET Wednesday, July 31 at noon EDT
Snug as a Bug/Nightlight #108
Bug can't sleep. And until he does, his favorite neighbor Frog won't be able to sleep, either. Meanwhile, Bear says she won't sleep and stubbornly refuses to turn off her lights and go to bed.
- KET Tuesday, June 4 at noon EDT
Duck's First Sleepover Party/One Hat Fits All #109
Duck attends his first sleepover party, but he's nervous about not sleeping in his nest for the first time. On a windy day in WordWorld, Sheep loses her magician's hat.
- KET Wednesday, June 5 at noon EDT
Dancing Dog/Pig's Big Moonlight Feast #110
All the WordFriends are gathering to perform in the WordWorld concert, and Dog is especially excited. When Pig is too sick to cook his special Moonlight Feast, Duck and Dog step in to help out.
- KET Thursday, June 6 at noon EDT
Boppin' with the Bug Band/Shuffleword #111
Ant is featuring WordWorld bands on his radio show. When Pig and Ant get into an argument while playing Shuffleword, Pig storms off with the consonants and Ant storms off with the vowels.
- KET Friday, June 7 at noon EDT
Princess Sheep/W Drought #112
Bear and Sheep want to play princess, but they only have one crown. On a hot summer day, all the WordFriends are using water to stay cool—until all the W's start to disappear.
- KET Monday, June 10 at noon EDT
Robots to the Rescue!/Radio Read-a-Thon #113
When Frog discovers that you can make a word "more than one" by adding the letter s to the end of it, he goes a little crazy making more and more of everything. Duck asks Frog to read his favorite book on Ant's radio station because he can't read it himself, but Frog's tongue gets tangled in knots.
- KET Tuesday, June 11 at noon EDT
Pl-Pl-Plane/Mail Mix-Up #114
Frog loses the letters "PL" from his plane and must search through the jungle to find them. Duck offers to help Kangaroo deliver letters to his WordFriends, but he forgets Kangaroo's instructions and delivers the wrong letters to everyone.
- KET Wednesday, June 12 at noon EDT
Pig's Present/Tick Tock Space Clock #115
Pig's nephews, the Three Little Pigs, are making him a secret birthday present. Pig promises not to peek, but his curiosity gets the better of him—and wreaks havoc all over WordWorld. After a mysterious spaceship lands, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock.
- KET Thursday, June 13 at noon EDT
Castles in the Sea/Get Your Coat #116
While playing in the sand on the beach, Duck and Shark discover the perfect home for Shark—a sand castle. But why does it disappear every night? Duck thinks Frog doesn't want to play in the rain because he accidentally broke Frog's boat. But is that the real reason?
- KET Friday, June 14 at noon EDT
Superhero Sheep/Pirate Ship #117
Sheep becomes Word World's first superhero by saving the day with the letter "S." Sheep, Duck, and Shark find a message in a bottle and embark on a treasure hunt guided by rhyming clues.
- KET Monday, June 17 at noon EDT
Playing Spies/Wee Little Whale #118
When Sheep and Duck think that Dog has a secret, they decide to spy to figure out the mystery. Sheep rescues a tiny whale who is stuck in some seaweed and brings her home to the haystack.
- KET Tuesday, June 18 at noon EDT
The Race to Mystery Island/A Star Is Born #119
Pig and Frog's attempts to outdo each other result in a big race to Mystery Island. Duck gets a case of stage fright while singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" for all his WordFriends.
- KET Wednesday, June 19 at noon EDT
Back on Track/The Rainbow Birthday Cake #120
While looking through his telescope, Frog notices that Kangaroo's mail train is headed straight for a broken track. Duck uses a lot of frosting to make a special birthday cake and learns that he can't just throw the cans anywhere.
- KET Thursday, June 20 at noon EDT
Bit by Bit/Ride 'em Cowbear #121
On Monkey's birthday, a sick Frog entrusts Duck and Bug to take his present—a banana—to the party. In their enthusiasm to get to the party, Duck and Bug accidentally break the banana into letters, then don't know how to rebuild it. Pig, Dog, and Duck play cowboys. Bear wants to join them but gets frustrated when she learns she's not very good at rope tricks.
- KET Friday, June 21 at noon EDT
Play Ball/M Is for Map #122
Robot practices playing baseball and turns into a slugger. Sheep and Bear have a fun day of adventuring through the jungle but then discover that they're lost.
- KET Monday, June 24 at noon EDT
Flying Ant/The Dancing Duck Bonanza #123
On the day of the Insect Air Show, all the bugs in WordWorld take to the sky to show off their flying skills—except Ant, who can't fly. Meanwhile, Duck encourages Shark, who is a great underwater dancer, to dance in his show.
- KET Tuesday, June 25 at noon EDT
The Lost Letter L/Catch That C! #124
Duck accidentally breaks the "L" off Frog's lamp and decides to try to fix it himself. Before long, he has broken a lamp, a lever, and even Frog's log. While Pig and Ant are making cookies, their bag of letter "C"'s gets away from them, sending the friends on a wild chase all over WordWorld.
- KET Wednesday, June 26 at noon EDT
Duck Saves Spider's Web/Caterpillar Gets a Home #202
When Duck accidentally crashes into Spider's web and breaks it apart into letters, he has to go about finding the letters to fix it. But he doesn't know what letters are in the word 'web'! Duck makes a new friend on a windy, rainy day - Caterpillar. It soon becomes apparent that Caterpillar needs a home to protect her from the elements. Together she and Duck learn to sound out some words which might make suitable homes.
- KET Thursday, June 27 at noon EDT
Bugs to the Rescue/Sheep's First Bike Ride #203
Ant builds Bear a hot-air balloon for her birthday, but Dog accidentally floats away in it! Ant elicits the help of his insect WordFriends Bug, Bee, and Fly to rescue Dog and save the day. Bear and Sheep both learn to build the word "bike," and Sheep learns how to ride one for the first time in her life.
- KET Friday, June 28 at noon EDT
Duck's Hiccups/A ... A ... Choo! #204
When Duck drinks down a glass of water too quickly, he gets the hiccups for the first time ever. Pig is allergic to peaches. Too bad Sheep doesn't know that! When she brings Pig a big bag of peaches to make pies, Pig starts sneezing so much that he can't even tell Sheep what he really needs.
- KET Monday, July 1 at noon EDT
Get Set for ET/Duck Plays the Piano #206
While sky-writing in his jet, Duck accidentally makes a cloud dragon! Thinking it's a real dragon, Duck and the bugs set out to "catch" the dragon and "save" WordWorld. When Bug, Bee, and Fly keep interrupting Duck's piano lesson, Duck learns that some things are worth waiting for.
- KET Tuesday, July 2 at noon EDT
Get Well Soon Soup/Mmm-mmm-Milk! #205
When Ant gets sick, Pig tries to take care of him by making his special Get-Well-Soon Soup. It has all the letters in the alphabet in it, so Pig can build any word that Ant needs to feel better. When Ant comes over to Pig's house to eat cookies, Pig tries to get him to drink some milk.
- KET Wednesday, July 3 at noon EDT
Shark's First Day of School/Shark's First Loose Tooth #207
It's the first day of school for the youngest WordFriends, but Shark is afraid to go. With the help of his good buddy Duck, and some gentle encouragement from their teacher Cat, Shark's fear turns to confidence. When Shark loses his first baby tooth at a sleepover party with Duck, he's got to get to get to sleep fast so the tooth fairy can come and leave him a present. But there's just one problem - he can't fall asleep!
- KET Thursday, July 4 at noon EDT
Duck at Bat/You Can Never Have Too Many OOs #208
Duck loses the letter B to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. He tries to build other words to hit the ball, but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word. When the two letter O's in Monkey's roof blow away in the wind, it's up to Duck to hunt down the /oo/ sound and fix the roof before it rains.
- KET Friday, July 5 at noon EDT
The Best Nest/Duck's Family Reunion #209
It's Duck's turn at show and tell at school, and he wants to bring the thing he loves the best: his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time? Because they have a similar sounding name, Duck mistakes Truck for a long-lost relative! Frog is a bit ruffled at the epidemic of silliness going around, but ends up saving the day for Duck and his word 'family'.
- KET Monday, July 8 at noon EDT
Bed Bugs/Snug As a Bug #210
When the bugs accidentally break Frog's brand new bed, they scramble to put it back together and make things right. Just one problem. They can't tell the letters 'b' and 'd' apart! Frog helps insomniac Bug figure out the end of the rhyme "snug as a bug in a ..." so that Bug can sleep.
- KET Tuesday, July 9 at noon EDT
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