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Super Why!
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Super Why & The Super Readers
Created by Angela Santomero & Samantha Freeman Alpert
Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 103
Production
Running time 25 minutes and up (on PBS includes a song, a little game and fundings)
Production company(s) Out of the Blue Productions
DHX Media/Toronto
Distributor PBS
Release
Original network PBS Kids
Kids' CBC
Original release Original series:
September 3, 2007 (2007-09-03)
October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)
Revival series:
August 17, 2015 (2015-08-17) – present
Website

Super Why or The Reading Adventures of Super Why is an American-Canadian children's CGI animated show developed by Angela Santomero and Samantha Freeman Alpert. The series is produced by New York City-based Out of the Blue Enterprises and Toronto-based DHX Media through its Decode Entertainment division.[1] The show debuted on PBS stations on September 3, 2007 and went on hiatus in October 2012 for 2 years and 10 months. The series resumed again on August 17, 2015.[citation needed] The series airs on PBS Kids and Sprout in the USA, Kids' CBC in Canada, and as of June 26, 2014, Nick Jr. and Tiny Pop in the UK.

Plot

The title character introduces himself as "Whyatt," and welcomes the viewers to "Storybrook Village", a place where all his fairy-tale friends live. Then Whyatt hears a ringtone from his handheld "Super Duper Computer". He answers the call and discovers that he or one of the other characters has a "super big problem". After investigating the nature of the problem, Whyatt summons the "Super Readers", sending out the call: "Calling all Super Readers! To the Book Club!" The four characters, Whyatt, Pig, Red Riding Hood, and Princess Pea, and also Puppy then appear in front of the aforementioned Book Club, which is a building made of books. Whyatt then invites the viewer to say their name, including them among the Super Readers.

Once the characters are assembled, Whyatt's Book Club Mainframe, the main computer, is activated. He plugs in his Super Duper Computer and uploads data about the problem. Meanwhile, the character with the problem stands behind a small lectern made of dominoes and explains the situation.

Once the problem is discussed, Whyatt states: "When we have a question, we look... in a book!" Pig wonders: "Which book should we look in?" and in response, Princess Pea casts a magic spell to summon the appropriate book: "Peas and Carrots, Carrots and Peas. Book come out, please, please, please!"

Any book then descends from the shelves, and Whyatt, inviting the audience to read along, summarizes the problem faced by the book's characters, drawing a parallel to the problem the Super Readers are trying to solve.

The goal of the Super Readers is to follow the storyline to solve the problem. As they progress through the events of the story, they encounter obstacles, which can be solved by applying their literacy skills to change the story (for instance, changing the prince in "The Frog Prince" back into a frog because the princess liked him more that way). As they overcome these obstacles, they are rewarded with red glittery "Super Letters". These Super Letters are then uploaded into the Super Duper Computer, eventually forming the word(s) that make up the solution to the "super big problem." The viewer is encouraged to look for Super Letters throughout the story, and to identify them when they appear.

At the conclusion of the Super Story Adventure, all of the Super Letters collected throughout the episode are plugged into the Book Club mainframe after the Super Readers resume their actual identities. The Super Letters are spelled out to show the "Super Story Answer."

"But why?" asks Whyatt. Then one of the Super Readers gives the reason why that particular word or phrase serves as the solution to the Super Big Problem. Once the solution is reached, it is used to wrap up the original problem (Exceptions occasionally occur; for example, in "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" Whyatt asks why Santa gives out presents on Christmas Eve). With that resolution, Whyatt shouts out: "Hip hip hooray! The Super Readers saved the day!"

Characters

The Super Readers

Whyatt Beanstalk – The leader of the group of characters who become the "Super Readers", Whyatt is an olive-skinned, blue eyed, brown-haired boy who wears a dark blue polo shirt with green stripes and khaki pants. In the episode "Jack and the Beanstalk", it is revealed that Whyatt's older brother is Jack, the hero of the English folk tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Whyatt lives with his mother, who writes stories, and his father who illustrates them, along with baby sister Joy but not his brother. Jack appears in some episodes but generally is "away at college." When Whyatt introduces himself at the Book Club, he says, "Whyatt here!" His superhero form is Super Why. In this form, he has a green mask, turbo sneakers, a blue cape, and a Why Writer. His symbol is a blue book. He focuses on vocabulary.

Little Red Riding Hood (referred to as "Red" in the TV Series) – The title character from the fairy tale, she only refers to herself as "Red Riding Hood" and is a freckle-faced pale skinned brunette/redhead who wears a red dress and red roller skates as well as a red flat cap. When she is introduced, she says "Red Riding Hood rolling in!" When she turns to Wonder Red in her superhero form, her clothing becomes a blue armless and legless jumpsuit with red trim, her skates are turned blue and her special item is a red and blue basket. It is called a Wonder Words Basket and her symbol is a spiral. She focuses on rhyming and word families like "OP", "AT", "UN", "UMP", "OG", etc.

Pig (Referred to in the credits as "The Littlest Pig," he introduces himself as "P is for Pig," but throughout the show he is simply known as "Pig") – Pig enjoys pretending and dressing up like his father, a construction worker. He is pink, and generally wears a construction hat, with a toolkit belt and safety goggles. His superhero form is Alpha Pig. His Alphabet Toolbox has an Alphabet Map, a Lucky Letter Lasso, Brilliant Binoculars, a Mega Magnifying Glass and a Fabulous Flashlight in it. His symbol is a triangle. He focuses on the alphabet.

Princess Pea – Princess Pea was named after the children's story "The Princess and the Pea"; it is shown in the episode The Princess and The Pea that the princess in that story was Pea's mother and the prince in that story was her father. However, in this case "Pea" is her surname. She is dark skinned with large brown eyes and curly dark brown hair, wears a lavender princess dress and loves to dance. When she enters, she says, "Princess Pea at your service!" Her superhero form is Princess Presto and in this form she wears a pink gown. Her symbol is a star because she always takes her Magic Spelling Wand with her. She focuses on spelling.

Woofster is a Golden Retriever puppy dog with light brown spots. He also lives with Whyatt and his family. When he turns into Woofster, he has dictionary power and can find the meaning to any word. His Super Reader form allows him the power to speak also and his symbol is a dog bone. He is also declared the fifth Super Reader. He officially became a Super Reader in the episode "Woofster Finds a Home".

Super You is the television viewer and the fifth Super Reader in Season 1. Super Why always invites the viewer to join them by describing them as "Super You, with the power to help."

Other characters

The Beanstalk family

  • Mrs. Beanstalk is Whyatt's mother who is a noble author. She has orange hair tied up in ox-horns and appeared in some episodes.
  • Mr. Beanstalk is Whyatt's father who is a noble illustrator. He wears a beret and eyeglasses and has appeared in some episodes.
  • Jack Beanstalk is Whyatt's older brother who is a dark brown-haired, green-eyed, olive skinned teenage boy. He's also a musician who plays his guitar. He appears in some episodes.
  • Joy Beanstalk is Whyatt's baby sister and has appeared in some episodes.
  • Ken Beanstalk is a character who Jack got replaced with after he left for college near the end of Season 1.

The girls

  • Jill – Jill was named after the children's nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. Her first appearance was in The Three Little Pigs. She also appeared in The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Little Red Hen, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Tortoise and the Hare, Hansel and Gretel, The Gingerbread Boy, The Princess and the Pea, Momotarō the Peach Boy, The Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser, and The Beach Day Mystery.
  • Little Bo Peep – Little Bo Peep is named after the children's nursery rhyme Little Bo Peep. Her first appearance was in The Elves and the Shoemaker. She also appeared in The Frog Prince, The Little Red Hen, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and The Princess and the Pea.
  • Goldilocks – Goldilocks is one of the girls in Storybrook Village. Her first appearance was in The Goose and the Golden Eggs. She also appeared in The Magic Porridge Pot, Snow White, The Rolling Rice Cakes, George and the Dragon, The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween, The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan, and The Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser.
  • Little Miss Muffet – A girl in a yellow dress and a white blouse with a yellow bow on her hair.
  • Cinderella – In the TV series, Cinderella has long brown hair and wears different dresses. She is one of the citizens of Storybrook Village and appears in some episodes.
  • Ella – Ella is a star girl who wears yellow. Her skirt shapes like a star and her hair matches her dress. Her only appearance is The Stars in the Sky.
  • Odette – Although, she is called the "Swan Maiden", Odette dresses in white with white hair and pink ballet slippers with a matching flower on her head. Her only appearance is The Swan Maiden.
  • Sleeping Beauty – A princess who wears a blue dress.
  • Thumbelina – In this show, this girl has brown hair with high pigtails decorated in flowers and wears a red flowery dress.
  • Clara Drosselmeyer – One of the characters from the Nutcracker story. Clara wears a big pink bow on her head with a pink and green nightgown and pink ballet slippers.
  • Rapunzel - Rapunzel is based on the German fairy tale, "Rapunzel".

The boys

  • Peter Piper – Peter Piper is named after the children's nursery rhyme Peter Piper. He first appeared in Hansel and Gretel. He also appeared in Humpty Dumpty, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Little Red Hen, Sleeping Beauty, The Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser, and The Beach Day Mystery
  • Momotarō – Momotaro is a Japanese boy who was born from a peach fruit in a story called Momotarō the Peach Boy. He has three talkative animal friends which are Dog, Monkey and Pheasant who fight and argue causing the ogre to roar.
  • Owen – A boy who works as a newspaper deliverer boy in the comic book called Attack of the Eraser.
  • Little Boy Blue – A boy who is close friends with Red. He plays the horn and he has glasses.

The Pig family

  • Poppa Pig – The father of the three pigs who were born in Storybrook Village. As an adult, he wears a blue hard hat with overalls on his shirt.
  • Eldest Pig – First son of Poppa Pig, wears green.
  • Middle Pig – Second son of Poppa Pig, wears red.
  • Poppa Pig's Brothers – Uncles of the three pigs who were born in Storybook village.

The bears

  • Three Bears – Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear live in Storybook Village together as a family. She wears a pink scarf while Papa Bear wears a green necktie and eyeglasses.
  • Charlie – The main character of his story called Bedtime for Bear. He wears green pajamas, has a teddy bear dressed in blue and lives in his home, a cave.
  • Panda – A panda bear who lives in a Chinese bamboo forest. From Around the World Adventure, she helps Wigglesbottom travel to Antarctica by giving directions.

The dinosaurs

The geese

  • Mother Goose – Mother Goose has a light blue dress, a pink hat with two turquoise feathers on it, eyeglasses and pink shoes. She also carries her book and feathered pen to rite her nursery rhymes. Her only appearance is The Story of Mother Goose.
  • The Blue Goose – This talkative fowl only appears in her story called The Goose and the Golden Eggs. Her yellow beak matches her head feathers and she has a purple tail.

The other animals

  • Wolfy – Wolfy is the Big Bad Wolf's son who lives in Storybrook Village. He first appeared in Little Red Riding Hood. He also appeared in The Emperor's New Clothes, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Beauty and the Beast, The Rolling Rice Cakes, Juan Bobo and the Pig, The Nutcracker, and The Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser'.
  • Tiddalick – Tiddalick is a frog with a hat on his head who likes water a lot.
  • Webby – Webby is a penguin who is the main character of the story called Webby in Bathland. His place is Rub-a-Dub.
  • Moose – Lives in North America from Around the World Adventure.

Misc.

  • The Squirmy Germs – Antagonists of the story called Webby in Bathland. These characters come in different colors. Most of them are pink and the only female is blue.

Episodes

Season 1 (2007–11)

Ep # Title Synopsis Super Story Answer Release date[2]
1 "The 3 Little Pigs" Pig is building towers with blocks and Jill keeps knocking them down and Pig wants her to stop. The Super Readers fly into The Three Little Pigs story to have a discussion with the Big Bad Wolf, who certainly knows a thing or two about knocking things down. When all the huffing and puffing is done, Pig learns an important lesson about friendship once he tells Jill to stop knocking down his block towers. Friend September 3, 2007
2 "Hansel and Gretel" Red takes one of Peter Piper's pickled peppers without asking and he gets mad. The Super Readers turn to the story of Hansel and Gretel to see what happens when the children sample the witch's gingerbread house without permission. Without sugar-coating the situation, the witch gets to tells her side of the story. The lesson teaches Red-and Hansel and Gretel to be more considerate. Ask First September 4, 2007
3 "Humpty Dumpty" Pig has climbed to the top of his brand-new slide and he's too afraid to come down. The Super Readers fly into the Humpty Dumpty book and figure out how he can safely get down from the wall. Even though the King's horses and all of his men can't help Humpty, the Super Readers figure out a way. In the process, everyone learns a valuable lesson about giving encouragement. Cheer September 5, 2007
4 "Jack and the Beanstalk" Joy, Whyatt's baby sister, is having a giant-sized tantrum and will nothing seems to get her to stop crying. The Super Readers fly into the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and use their powers to venture up the stalk. There they meet a huge giant who is also having a tantrum. Whyatt learns about the soothing power of music and the story ends on a happy note when he sings a song to calm Joy down. Music September 6, 2007
5 "The Tortoise and the Hare" Princess Pea and Red are partners in a sack race in the park, but can't decide whether to go slow or fast. The Super Readers fly into the famous race between the Tortoise and the Hare to help the friends decide on a winning strategy. By the time they have reached the finish line, they've learned that winning isn't always about coming in first. Enjoy The Game September 13, 2007
6 "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" Whyatt accidentally messes up Jack's room and is in big trouble with his big brother. When the Super Readers visit Goldilocks and the Three Bears, they find a similar messy situation: Goldilocks is surrounded by broken chairs and half-eaten bowls of porridge. Together they figure out how to solve Goldilock's problem and Whyatt learns how to make a clean sweep of his mess, too. Clean Up September 14, 2007
7 "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" When Baby Joy said her first words, Whyatt is the only one around who hears her. The problem is that now he can't convince anyone that she actually talked. The Super Readers fly into the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf to help that Boy convince the townspeople that his wolf tale is true. Whyatt figures out a strategy for getting his family to believe that what he said and what Baby Joy said really happened. Trust September 17, 2007
8 "Rapunzel" Princess Pea's kitten gets stuck in a tree. The Super Readers fly into the story of Rapunzel and meet Rapunzel who is also stranded high up above the ground. When climbing Rapunzel's hair proves to be a knotty idea, the Prince and the Super Readers come up with a tamer plan and Princess Pea discovers the value of a helping hand. Teamwork September 18, 2007
9 "The Ugly Duckling" Princess Pea's twirls are falling flat, and her dance recital is just days away. The Super Readers soar into the story of The Ugly Duckling, who's having just as much trouble learning to swim. With hard work and determination, the Ugly Duckling finally hits his stride and Princess Pea learns that practice makes perfect. Keep Trying September 25, 2007
10 "The Elves and the Shoemaker" Whyatt has a secret admirer and wants to know who it is. The Super Readers visit The Elves and The Shoemaker and discover that the Shoemaker is just as curious about his own secret friends. After helping the Shoemaker write a note to the elves, Whyatt figures out a way to uncover his own mystery friend. Playdate September 26, 2007
11 "Little Miss Muffet" Red wants to play with Little Boy Blue, but he keeps running away. The Super Readers venture into the tale of Little Miss Muffet and meet a spider who is frightening his friend right off her tuffet. The Super Readers help Spider find a better way to approach Miss Muffet, and everyone learns that when you care, you share – and not scare. Nice September 27, 2007
12 "Cinderella" Red is worried about fitting in at Sleeping Beauty's Princess Party, but she doesn't have anything fancy to wear. The Super Readers leap into the book of Cinderella to see how she handles her own princess problem. Afterwards, Red learns to just be herself and go to the dance in her usual clothes. Be Yourself September 28, 2007
13 "The Ant and the Grasshopper" Pig goes on a picnic and is starving because he didn't think to ahead to pack a snack. When the Super Readers fly into the story of The Ant and The Grasshopper, they see that the Grasshopper is equally unprepared for winter because he didn't plan ahead. With the help of the Ant, both the Grasshopper and Pig learn about forward thinking. Get Ready October 17, 2007
14 "The Little Red Hen" Red's friends refuse to help her pick apples. The Super Readers take off into the tale of The Little Red Hen and see that her friends wouldn't assist her either. The Super Readers lend a hand to the Hen and Red discover a handy solution to her problem too. Tell Why October 18, 2007
15 "The Frog Prince" Princess Pea wants to do ballet, and Spider wants to spin webs, but it's unclear how these two friends will play together. To find some answers, the Super Readers jump into the story of The Frog Prince and meet another princess who can't see eye to eye with her friend. When the Super Readers help, they show Princess Pea and Spider how to give and take too. Take Turns October 19, 2007
16 "The Princess and the Pea" Princess Pea is worried she won't pass the test at the Annual Junior Princess Competition and win a golden crown. The Super Readers soar into the fairytale adventure of The Princess and the Pea and see how Princess Priscilla, Princess Pea's mother, used quick thinking to pass her princess test. Her solution inspires Princess Pea to follow in her mother's footsteps. Smart November 20, 2007
17 "Little Red Riding Hood" Wolfy the Little Bad Wolf won't stop tricking Pig when he pretends to be a bush or a bug. The Super Readers travel into the story of Little Red Riding Hood with Red leading the way as the story's protagonist on her way to her grandmother's house to solve Pig's problem until the answer is to tell the person to stop trying to trick them. Stop November 21, 2007
18 "Tom Thumb" Pig is ready for an adventure, but his brothers keep telling him he's too young. The Super Readers jump into the story of Tom Thumb where he sets off on his own adventure and lucky for him, the Super Readers are there go get him out of a few scrapes. This tiny character teaches Pig a big lesson about when you need help. Family November 22, 2007
19 "Little Bo Peep" Mr. Lizard goes missing and Whyatt doesn't know where to find him. The Super Readers come to the rescue when they meet Little Bo Peep, who's hot on the trail for her lost sheep. The Super Readers don't miss a clue in their quest for the missing animals. Clues January 21, 2008
20 "The Emperor's New Clothes" Pig feels embarrassed when Jill asks him to wear a bucket on his head in order to play their game. The Super Readers dive into the tale of The Emperor's New Clothes and meet someone else who doesn't want to look ridiculous in front of his friends. Pig learns that being silent about his feelings makes him feel as silly as wearing a bucket. Speak Up January 22, 2008
21 "The 12 Dancing Princesses" It's Whyatt's birthday and his whole family is acting very sneaky and he wants to know why. The Super Readers go into the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses where the princesses are acting just as secretive. Surprise April 7, 2008
22 "The 3 Billy Goats Gruff" Grandma will not let Red into the kitchen to get some extra special red velvet cake. So the Super Readers head into the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, who really want to cross the Troll's bridge, only this time the Troll gets to tell his side of the story. The Super Readers wonder if anyone can make the goats behave, and Red figures out what she needs to tell Grandma. Manners April 8, 2008
23 "Thumbelina" Whyatt is going over to Pig's house for a sleepover. Pig looks everywhere for his favorite stuffed hippopotamus to sleep with, but he can't find it anywhere. The Super Readers shrink down to the size of ants in the story Thumbelina and join teeny tiny Thumbelina on her big adventure to find her missing brother. They help Thumbelina in her mission and Pig gets a helping hand along the way. Ask For Help April 9, 2008
24 "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears: The Mystery" Jack accuses Whyatt for breaking one of his guitar strings, but Whyatt knows he's innocent. The Super Readers fly into the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Mystery and meet up with Goldilocks, who is just as determined to prove that she didn't make the mess in the house until Whyatt discovers it was Joy who was only playing with Jack's guitar in the end. Prove It April 10, 2008
25 "Beauty and the Beast" Princess Pea is frightened when Wolfy won't stop growling and grunting after his kite gets stuck in the tree. The Super Readers zip into the story of Beauty and the Beast to get to know the Beast himself! He isn't so "beastly" after all and if only he can turn down his roaring, Beauty might figure out they're not as different as she thinks. Use Your Words May 19, 2008
26 "Rumpelstiltskin" Princess Pea's father is busy and has no time to help her tie up her skates. So the Super Readers visit another Princess whose funny helper, Rumpelstiltskin, is far too busy to help her spin straw into gold. The Super Readers may be able to guess Rumpelstilskin's name but they won't be able to guess what will happen in this story! Learn May 20, 2008
27 "Tiddalick the Frog" Whyatt goes to his house for a snack, but becomes thirsty first. As soon as he gets his snack, his mom discovers he left the water running in the sink and tells him he was wasting water. So the Super Readers dash into the Australian folktale of Tiddalick the Frog where Tiddalick uses up all the water and doesn't leave enough for his friends, Kangaroo and Wallaby to take a bath and water the garden. In the end, they learn how important water is to the planet along with a valuable lesson about conservation. (This is the first Earth Day special.) Save Water April 22, 2008
28 "Sleeping Beauty" Princess Pea is discouraged because Pig and his two older brothers are playing pirates and won't have a tea party with her. The Super Readers travel into the famous story of Sleeping Beauty where Sleeping Beauty would much rather continue to sleep rather than play soccer with the Prince. Try New Things May 21, 2008
29 "The Foolish Wishes" Whyatt and his mother go to the toy store to buy a toy. However, Whyatt can only pick one thing. Either a race car, a Giant Magic Bubble Potion or a comic book. The Super Readers meet a farmer who gets three wishes from a fairy which turn out foolish. In the end, after the farmer and his wife get to live in a house made of bricks instead of sausages, Whyatt makes up his mind and chooses the comic book at the toy store. Choose Carefully May 22, 2008
30 "The Goose and the Golden Eggs" Red wants to keep the apples all to herself and not share with any of her friends. The Super Readers venture into the story of The Goose and the Golden Eggs to visit an man who is protective of his special eggs as Red is of her delicious fruit. This old man must learn his lesson, before his golden goose flies the coop! Red must also learn how to share with her friends. Share September 1, 2008
31 "The Magic Porridge Pot" Pig's toy robot is out of control and he can't get it to stop. The Super Readers fly into the story of "The Magic Porridge Pot" to rescue a little girl whose magical pot just won't stop making porridge. Listen September 2, 2008
32 "Pinocchio" Whyatt told a lie and he feels really guilty after he knocks over his pet lizard's birthday cake. The Super Readers visit Pinocchio who faces the same problem and Whyatt finds out how important it is to tell the truth. Tell The Truth September 3, 2008
33 "Momotarō The Peach Boy" Pig and his brothers want to build a treehouse but they're so busy squabbling, they'll never get the job done. The Super Readers go into a Japanese folktale and meet a little boy whose friends are arguing so loudly, it angers an ogre. Work Together September 4, 2008
34 "The Gingerbread Boy" Papa Pig keeps telling Pig to slow down so he won't get hurt. The Super Readers fly into the story of The Gingerbread Boy to teach him the same thing. Be Careful October 13, 2008
35 "The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween" It's Halloween in Storybrook Village, and Pig is so frightened he won't go trick-or-treating with his friends. The Super Readers pay a visit to Little Ghost who lives in Pumpkin Creek, who's afraid of Halloween himself, too. Pretend October 14, 2008
36 "The Stars in The Sky" Princess Pea wants to play inside a rainbow, but her mother says it simply can't be done. So the Super Readers travel into the story The Stars in the Sky and accompany a little girl named Ella with a big dream of her own. Imagine October 15, 2008
37 "The Three Feathers" Pig and his brothers are building a train set but Pig's negative attitude is problematic. The Super Readers encounter a young prince about to embark on a race to find a magic carpet, the only problem is the prince doesn't think he can do it. As the Super Readers journey toward the magic carpet, they wonder if they'll be able to change the prince's outlook. Be Positive November 27, 2008
38 "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" Whyatt has an important question for Santa, so the Super Readers find him and unravel the mystery of Santa's childhood, discovering along the way how to help spread the magic of the holiday. Happy December 9, 2008
39 "The Little Mermaid" Pig feels different from his friends, which makes him very sad. The Super Readers dive into the story of "The Little Mermaid" to talk with Little Mermaid, whose tail sets her apart from kids on land. As the Super Readers explore the ocean floor with the Little Mermaid, Pig slowly begins to see why being different can be special and the journey to the depths of the sea teaches him a lesson he can use right in his own backyard. Proud November 28, 2008
40 "Juan Bobo and The Pig" Red's grandmother asks Red for a piece of paper to make a grocery list, but Red misinterprets what she said, thinking she said "pizza paper." The Super Readers fly into the Puerto Rican folktale "Jaun Bobo and the Pig" to meet a boy who thinks his mother wants him to put his pig in a dress. Ask Questions February 16, 2009
41 "Snow White" The super fun Storybrook Carnival is in town, and Princess Pea is enjoying lots of yummy treats until she gets a stomach ache. When Goldilocks offers her some popcorn, Princess Pea knows she should refuse, but she really wants to eat just a little. The Super Readers fly into the story of Snow White as the Evil Queen tempts the fairytale princess with that infamous apple. Stop And Think February 17, 2009
42 "The Rolling Rice Cakes" Red drops her basket of goodies and finds it, as does Wolfy. When Red takes her basket back, Wolfy is really sad and hungry. The Super Readers zoom into the Japanese folktale "The Rolling Rice Cakes" and meet an old man who has chased his rice cakes high, low, and right into a mouse hole. Give To Others February 18, 2009
43 "Peter Rabbit" Red wants to find the perfect to show Grandma that she cares, but she is absolutely stumped. The Super Readers pay a storybook visit to Peter Rabbit who's on the hunt for some delicious fresh vegetables for his mama. The Super Readers must help Peter find what he's looking for before his big appetite for veggies lands him in trouble. Love February 19, 2009
44 "The Boy Who Drew Cats" Whyatt's brother Jack is sick, and Whyatt wants to give him a picture to make him feel better. But even though he thinks and thinks, Whyatt still doesn't know what to draw. So the Super Readers soar into the Japanese folktale "The Boy Who Drew Cats" and encounter a little boy struggling to sketch a picture for the emperor. The Super Readers inspire the boy so much that his drawings become real. Doodle March 23, 2009
45 "Aladdin" Princess Pea wishes for a Playtime Palace to appear but no matter how many times she waves her wand, nothing happens. The Super Readers fly into the story of Aladdin to catch up with a lucky lad who's about to have all his wishes come true – courtesy of a magic lamp. With the help of their literacy powers, the Super Readers dive inside the lamp to meet the genie himself and try to help Aladdin get his wish. Do It Yourself April 20, 2009
46 "George and the Dragon" A giant has stepped on Pig's toy but Pig is too scared to ask for it back. The Super Readers venture into a classic tale to meet Knight George, who is about to face his fears and battle a dragon to rescue a princess. However, it turns out that George isn't quite so brave, and needs a little help from an unexpected source. Brave June 2, 2009
47 "The Swiss Family Robinson" Little Boy Blue is stuck on a little island in Storybrook Pond and can't get back to shore. Super Why and his friends head into the story of The Swiss Family Robinson to meet a family who is just as stranded as Little Boy Blue. They'll need to use what's around them to survive in this do-it-yourself island adventure. Resourceful June 3, 2009
48 "The Three Little Pigs: Return of the Wolf" Pig and his brothers are trying to build a picnic table for their yard, but it goes terribly wrong, so the Super Readers visit the tale of The Three Little Pigs, hoping to find out a little bit about building from the young Papa Pig. Follow Directions August 3, 2009
49 "Alice in Wonderland" Princess Pea is so busy playing, she's late to The Pink Princess Tea Party and misses all the fun The Super Readers tumble down the rabbit hole in a madcap adventure to catch up with the famous White Rabbit who is also tardy. Super Why and his friends must get through the topsy-turvy house and past the Queen of Hearts and her Card Guards to find out if the White Rabbit can get to the tea party on time. Clock August 10, 2009
50 "Dr. Dolittle" Red's adorable new puppy is whimpering and whining and she doesn't know why. So Super Why, Wonder Red, Alpha Pig and Princess Presto ask the advice of a boy who understands what animals need because he can talk to them. Take Care August 17, 2009
51 "Muddled Up Fairytales" Everyone is busy and Whyatt doesn't know what to do for himself. So Super Why and his friends fly into the story "Muddled Up Fairytales" where they visit young dragon new to Fairytale Land who is eager to find a legend of his own. But when Dragon tries to move in with The Three Little Pigs, he sets off a wacky chain of events that turns the whole land upside down. The Super Readers need to guide Dragon to a happy ending. Create November 15, 2010
52 "Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure" Red and her friends are having a picnic in the park, but she has no energy to join in the fun, perhaps due to her unhealthy snack choices. Super Why and his friends head into the story of Hansel and Gretel to meet the equally tired and grouchy witch. They convince the witch to trade in her gingerbread house for something both delicious and nutritious – and Red learns what kinds of foods can help her go the distance so she can play with her friends for a SUPER long time. Healthy November 9, 2009
53 "Cinderella: The Prince's Side of the Story" Red and Little Boy Blue are playing some music together when Little Boy Blue suddenly disappears. This is just like when Cinderella left the ball without finishing her dance. To solve the mystery, Super Why and his friends soar into Cinderella's fairytale once again, and this time, they talk to the Prince. Clever November 10, 2009
54 "The Prince and the Pauper" Whyatt thinks his house is too loud while Princess Pea believes her home is too quiet. To look for a solution, Super Why and his friends encounter two friends just as they are about to switch houses. A prince on the farm and a pauper in a castle soon leads to chaos and confusion. Home November 11, 2009
55 "The Ugly Ducking: Becoming a Swan" Pig is too big for his bed and his sneakers are pinching his feet. The Super Readers zoom into the story of The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan and meet a little guy who is experiencing growing pains of his own. Super Why and his friends help Duckling accept himself as he is while Pig learns an important lesson about the benefits of growing up. Growing Up November 12, 2009
56 "The Nutcracker" Princess Pea doesn't know what to do about Sleeping Beauty who is grumpy. Super Why and his friends dance their way into the story of The Nutcracker, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's memorable music, to find out why the Mouse King is so cranky and give an innovative twist to the holiday classic. Dance November 25, 2009
57 "The Comic Book: Attack of the Eraser" Whyatt and his friends are playing kickball in the park when Wolfy erases the score. The Super Readers fly into a new story. A comic book called "Attack of the Eraser" to track down the diabolical Eraser who's causing trouble in Reader Valley. Super Why and his friends must stop the Eraser from wiping out all the words in Reader Valley. Think of Others January 15, 2010
58 "The Story Of The Tooth Fairy" After Whyatt loses his first tooth, his mother tells him that the Tooth Fairy can come and take his tooth, but Whyatt has to choose if he wants to keep it. Super Why and his friends decide to ask the Tooth Fairy herself, so they set off to meet her in person. With a little bit of magic (and a little bit of floss) the Super Readers are able to get their questions answered. Note January 22, 2010
59 "The Cookbook" Whyatt wants to bake Joy a special birthday cake – but he doesn't know how. Super Why and his friends soar into a cookbook and get the information they need from a rhyming chef with a sense of humor as well as a recipe for fun. In the end, Whyatt learns how to cook up the perfect birthday for his little sister. Recipe January 29, 2010
60 "The Big Game" Whyatt wants to play baseball better, but he keeps missing the ball. The Super Readers jump into The Big Game and join some fairytale heroes gearing up for their big game against their fairytale foes. With the help of Super Why and his friends, Cinderella and her teamwork on their game skills to prevent the Big Bad Wolf's team from huffing, puffing and blowing them right off the field. Practice February 5, 2010
61 "The Beach Day Mystery" Whyatt and his friends have found a clue leading to treasure and they need a little help! So the Super Readers fly into The Beach Day Mystery where they set off on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt adventure filled with clues, pirates, and of course, treasure. Treasure Hunt July 12, 2010
62 "The Swan Maiden" Red doesn't want her playdate with Little Boy Blue to end so she hides his horn. The Super Readers fly into the story upon which the ballet "Swan Lake" was based, where they encounter a fair maiden who is having a similar problem with a Prince. Play Soon September 13, 2010
63 "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse" Whyatt's big brother Jack is going off to college, and Whyatt is going to miss him so much. The Super Readers jump into the tale of two mice brothers who live far away from each other. They journey with the mice from the bustling city to the quiet country, only to find that the best solution to their problems doesn't mean losing the comforts of home. Sleepover October 18, 2010
64 "King Midas" Pig has one toy car, but he wants lots more. The Super Readers fly into the story of King Midas. The king may think that more is better, but all he ends up with is even more problems when everything he touches turns to gold. The heroes help the king, and Pig learns an important lesson about appreciation. Thankful November 15, 2010
65 "The Story Of Mother Goose" Red is writing a new song but gets stuck because she simply can't think of the right word. To help her out, Super Why and his friends meet rhyming royalty – Mother Goose – just as she's starting to pen her legendary poems. Rhyme February 21, 2011

Season 2 (2011–12)

Ep # Title Synopsis Super Story Answer Release Date[3]
66 "Woofster Finds a Home" Whyatt goes to a pet adoption fair in Storybrook Village where he meets a little puppy who needs a family. Whyatt promises to look in a book to help until the puppy reveals he has a story of his own. As the Super Readers travel through the book Woofster Finds a Home, they find exciting ways to overcome obstacles and a new super reader joins the team. Adopt September 12, 2011
67 "Webby in Bathland" Red is practicing her soccer moves and kicking up dirt, when Grandma tells her it's time for lunch. Red gives her hands a quick rinse and gets ready to chow down, but Grandma says her hands aren't clean. The Super Readers zoom into the story Webby in Bathland and help a brave little penguin save his beloved town from the evil Squirmy Germies who are fighting down and dirty. Red finds out it takes more than water to wash away germs. Bubbles September 13, 2011
68 "Bedtime for Bear" Baby Joy is afraid of the dark. To show her there is nothing to fear, Super Why and his friends fly into Bedtime for Bear and meet Charlie- a bear who is scared of just about everything. The Super Readers shed a little light on the problem while Charlie discovers a bit more about the world outside his cozy cave. Nightlight September 14, 2011
69 "Molly's Dance Show" The curtain rises on Princess Pea's dance recital but she's too scared to come out of the wings. Super Why and his friends head into the story Molly's Dance Show to meet a ballerina doll with similar stage fright. When Molly's dreams of performing come true, thanks to a fairy princess and some magic slippers, Princess Pea wonders what it will take for her to have confidence, too. Believe September 15, 2011
70 "King Eddie Who Loved Spaghetti" It's dinner time at Whyatt's house but things are not going well. He's perplexed when Mom and Dad say what's on his plate is not healthy. To find out why, the Super Readers fly into the story King Eddie Who Loved Spaghetti and encounter a wacky king who only wants to eat one thing: spaghetti. As the Super Readers convince King Eddie to taste new foods, Whyatt learns there's more to dinner than he had originally thought. Variety September 16, 2011
71 "Jasper's Cowboy Wish" Whyatt and his friends are playing cowboys, but Pig can't join in because he doesn't know what cowboys do. The Super Readers jump into the tale of Jasper's Cowboy Wish and make the acquaintance of a cowpoke named Jasper who's desperate to become a rompin' stompin' cowboy if he could get the hang of it. Jasper must use his cowboy skills to save the day. Hero January 16, 2012
72 "Baby Dino's Big Discovery" Pig has invited his friends over to play dinosaurs, but Whyatt can't figure out which toy dinosaur he has. So the Super Readers soar into Baby Dino's Big Discovery where they lend a hand to a baby dinosaur searching for her mommy. They'll need to look closely to figure out what kind of dinosaur Baby Dino is and be careful to avoid being eaten while they do. Observe January 17, 2012
73 "Princess Gwennie Saves the Day" Princess Pea is feeling dramatic (as usual) and she and Red are staging a play. Princess Pea is pretending she's a queen but Red doesn't know what to be. The Super Readers fly into the story of a princess with a silly sense of humor and a big job to do. They help Gwennie use her talents to save the day, and Red discovers her own special gifts. Funny January 18, 2012
74 "The Great Robot Race" Whyatt and his puppy want to win the porridge race, but the bowl of breakfast cereal keeps falling off the puppy's back, resulting in a messy problem. The Super Readers visit The Great Robot Race and encounter a boy named Bradbury who is determined to help his robo-doggie win a race too. Both Bradbury and the Super Readers may have to use a little creative problem solving to help robo-doggie zoom to the head of the pack. Invent January 19, 2012
75 "Around the World Adventure" With the help of their teacher, Whyatt and his friends have contacted a girl from another school over the computer but they wonder where she lives. The Super Readers take a trip around the world with a wacky explorer named Wigglesbottom, who is on the hunt for his friend Sophie. Map June 27, 2012
76 "Naila and the Magic Map" Pig and his friends are playing when they find what looks like an Egyptian treasure map. But they can't make out the symbols. To search for some answers, the Super Readers soar into the book Naila and the Magic Map and explore the world of ancient Egypt to help Nailia unravel the mysterious code that will unlock where the treasure lies. Secret Code June 21, 2012
77 "The Adventures of Math-A-Million" Pig is having trouble with math. To find a solution, the Super Readers accompany a math superhero as he confronts a series of arithmetic emergencies. Add October 8, 2012
78 "Monty's Adventures in Music Town" The kids are playing in the school band, but Red doesn't know what instrument to play. The Super Readers soar into the book Monty's Adventures in Music Town and meet a loveable monster named Monty who has the very same problem. Voice October 9, 2012
79 "Zora's Art Adventure" It's art class at school, but Pig's having a creative block. The Super Readers venture into A Magical Art Adventure and join Zora, a young artist looking for ideas. Together, Zora and the Super Readers explore a magical art museum where the paintings take on a life of their own. Inspire October 10, 2012
80 "Galileo's Space Adventure" Princess Pea glimpses a flash of light while the friends are learning about space. The Super Readers blast off into the tale Galileo's Space Adventure and investigate the solar system with a young astronaut seeking to rescue his beloved cat named Houston. Orbit October 11, 2012

Season 3 (2015–16)

Ep # Title Synopsis Super Story Answer Air Date
81 "The Story of the Super Readers[4]" The Super Readers are having a party in the book club, but only Super You jumps in to the book to find out about the history of the Super Readers. Super Readers August 17, 2015
82 "The Alphabet's Sad Day[5]" Pig feels like he isn't really helping his brothers build their brick house. Important September 21, 2015
83 "The Silly Word Play[6]" Princess's silliness prevents Red, Whyatt and Pig, from flying Red's kite. Cooperate September 22, 2015
84 "The Rhyming Carnival[7]" Red wants to show Whyatt a trick with her new toy, but it won't cooperate. Calm Down September 23, 2015
85 "The Mixed Up Story[8]" When Baby Joy says "Again! Again!" words fell out and get mixed up. Fix The Order September 24, 2015
86 "Roxie's Missing Music Book[9]" Whyatt can't show his comic book because it was missing. Go Back August 18, 2015
87 "The Banana Mystery[10]" Pig's Lemons are missing for his lemonade stand. Search August 19, 2015
88 "The Underwater Lost Treasure[11]" Pig's last puzzle piece is missing. Look Carefully August 20, 2015
89 "The Cowgirl Mystery[12]" Whyatt's game board is missing. Evidence August 21, 2015
90 "The Unhappy Puppy[13]" Woofster is lonely when Whyatt goes to school. Pal January 11, 2016
91 "The Pupp-Athon[14]" Woofster become distraced to the Storybrook village talent show. Concentrate January 12, 2016
92 "Where's Woofster?[15]" Whyatt and Princess can't figure out what Woofster wants to play. Hide and Seek January 13, 2016
93 "Super Puppy Saves The Day[16]" After hearing the story of Super Puppy, Whyatt's puppy Woofster really wants to meet his her. But Whyatt can't help because he doesn't know who Super Puppy is. Woofster January 14, 2016
94 "Monster Munch[17]" Eat For Energy May 9, 2016
95 "Landon's Circus Adventure[18]" Together May 10, 2016
96 "The Three Bears Go Camping[19]" Compromise March 16, 2016
97 "Mathis' Book of Why[20]" Look In A Book March 17, 2016
98 "Attack of More Man![21]" Pick and Choose March 18, 2016
99 "Tilden The Caterpillar[22]" The Super Readers meet a caterpillar that needs help preparing for his transformation into a butterfly. Be Patient May 11, 2016
100 "Judith's Happy Chanukah[23]" Whyatt is excited to have been invited to Red's Grandma's house to celebrate Chanukah, but doesn't know much about the holiday. Traditions December 7, 2015
101 "The Sheep Who Lost Little Bo Peep[24]" Stay in One Place May 12, 2016
102 "The Princess Who Loved Mud[25]" Play Your Own Way March 14. 2016
103 "Woofster and the Pet Pack[26]" Team March 15, 2016

Cast

Main characters

  • Nicholas Castel Vanderburgh as Whyatt Beanstalk/Super Why (Season 1)
  • Nicholas Kaegi as Whyatt Beanstalk/Super Why (Season 2)
  • Johnny Orlando as Whyatt Beanstalk/Super Why (Season 3)
  • Zachary Bloch as Pig/Alpha Pig (Seasons 1–2)
  • Samuel Faraci as Pig/Alpha Pig (Season 3)
  • Tajja Isen as Princess Pea/Princess Presto
  • Siera Florindo as Red Riding Hood/Wonder Red (Seasons 1–2)
  • T.J. McGibbon as Red Riding Hood/Wonder Red (Season 3)
  • Joanne Vannicola as Woofster

Live show

On March 1, 2012, a new live show based on Super Why, entitled Super Why Live: You've got the Power was announced.[27]

References

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  7. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Rhyming Carnival". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
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  9. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Roxie's Missing Music Book". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Banana Mystery". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Underwater Lost Treasure". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Cowgirl Mystery". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Unhappy Puppy". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Pupp-Athon". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Where's Ster?". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
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  17. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Monster Munch". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Landon's Circus Adventure". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  19. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Three Bears Go Camping". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Mathis' Book of Why". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Attack of More Man!". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Tilden The Caterpillar". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Judith's Happy Chanukah". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  24. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Sheep Who Lost Little Bo Peep". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  25. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - The Princess Who Loved Mud". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  26. ^ webmaster. "KET - Super Why! - Ster and the Pet Pack". ket.org. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Announcement at superwhylive.com". Retrieved April 6, 2012. 

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