children's television series
|Created by||Don Moody|
|Directed by||Olexa Hewryk|
|Narrated by||H.D. Quinn|
|Theme music composer||Billy Straus|
|Opening theme||Come on, Tomorrow!|
|Ending theme||Guardian Angel|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||45 (84 segments)|
|Executive producers||Don Moody|
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Original network||PBS Kids|
|Picture format||HDTV 720p|
|Original release||September 3, 2007 –|
January 17, 2011
WordWorld, also sometimes referred to as Word World, is an American children's CGI animated television series based on the books and the wooden puzzles of the same name. Created by Don Moody, Jacqueline Moody, Peter Schneider and Gary Friedman, the show was produced by The Learning Box and WTTW National.
WordWorld aired on PBS Kids from September 3, 2007 to January 17, 2011, with PBS later airing reruns on the national 24-hour PBS Kids channel from January 16, 2017 to October 2, 2022. 45 episodes were produced.
In the series, when letters are combined to spell words, they morph into the shape of the corresponding object. The animal characters and many objects are made of letters, and are respectively called WordFriends and WordThings. The main setting is a planet named WordWorld; despite its name, WordFriends and WordThings also exist in outer space. In each episode, the characters have a cartoonish adventure, and ultimately must "build a word" using synthetic phonics. Some episodes focus on concepts such as rhymes, compound words, and plural formation with -s.
- H.D. Quinn as the Narrator, Dog, Fly, Duck and Ant
- Lenore Zann as Bear, Kangaroo, Zebra, Owl, and Tiger
- George Bailey as Bug, Monkey, and Pig
- Daryl Ekroth as Frog, Monster, Snail, and Fox
- Mirm Krigel as Bear
- Veronica Taylor as Sheep, Cow, Cat, and Bird
- Marc Thompson as Robot, Bee, Worm, Shark, and Turtle
- Meredith Zeitlin as Fish and Whale
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||September 3, 2007||December 1, 2008|
|2||14||February 13, 2009||December 28, 2009|
|3||5||October 4, 2010||January 17, 2011|
Season 1 (2007–2008)
|No. In Series||No. In Season||Title||Original Air Date|
|1||1||"Runaway O/Happy Birthday, Dog!"||September 3, 2007|
"Runaway O": When Sheep and Bear open Cat’s box of “O’s,” one rolls away, sending them on a madcap chase to catch it before Cat wakes up. Build a Word: "BOX"
"Happy Birthday, Dog!": It’s Dog’s birthday and all of his friends are planning a surprise party. There’s just one problem – they need a cake! FROG must get to the party safely without Dog finding out. Build a Word: "CAKE"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|2||2||"There's an Ant in Every Giant/Chef Sheep"||September 4, 2007|
"There's an Ant in Every Giant": Tiny ant is tired of being the smallest Word Friend in Word World! When Ant adds “GI” to his name, Ant becomes a GIANT and soon learns that being small isn’t so bad after all. Build a Word: "ANT"
"Chef Sheep": During his “cooking show,” Chef Pig gets a pot stuck on his face while eating ice cream out of it! Now there is no pot to cook in and no chef to do the cooking! Luckily for Pig, ever-helpful Sheep is there to take over for him. But first Sheep must learn to have confidence in herself before Sheep can save the day! Build a Word: "POT"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|3||3||"Rocket to the Moon/The Birds"||September 5, 2007|
"Rocket to the Moon": Frog thinks that in order to build a big rocket Frog needs big, uppercase letters. But when Frog gets stranded on the moon with the Little Piggies, Frog learns that lowercase letters are just as useful as uppercase ones. Build a Word: "ROCKET"
"The Birds": Sheep, Bear and Frog go out bird watching and get more than they bargained for: They find an egg! Sheep does her zany best to care for the “energetic” egg until the baby bird is born and is reunited with its mother. Build a Word: "BIRD"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|4||4||"The Mystery of the Disappearing Pie/Duck's Family Reunion"||September 6, 2007|
"The Mystery of the Disappearing Pie": The pie Pig baked for Bear is missing! But have no fear…Detective Sheep is ready to help her WordFriends follow the letter clues and solve the mystery of the disappearing pie! Build a Word: "BEAR"
"Duck’s Family Reunion": Because they have similar-sounding names, Duck mistakes a truck for a long-lost relative! His best friend Frog is a bit ruffled at the epidemic of silliness going around, but ends up saving the day for Duck and his word ‘family’ when the truck gets stuck in the muck! Build a Word: "TRUCK"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|5||5||"Sh-Sh-Shark!/Dog Wants to Play Ball"||September 13, 2007|
"Sh-Sh-Shark!": Shark is misunderstood. Everyone is afraid of him and won’t even give him a chance to prove Shark’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. When Duck introduces his new WordFriend to the gang, Duck learns a lesson about the ‘sh’ sound, while everyone else learns that acceptance is an important part of friendship. Build a Word: "SHOE"
"Dog Wants to Play Ball": Dog wants to play ball, but Dog’s having trouble communicating with his friends. Pig, Sheep and Frog each think Dog wants to do what they want to do. When Bear actually takes the time to listen to Dog, Dog gets his wish…and everyone has a ball! Build a Word: "BALL"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|6||6||"Pies, Pies, Pies!/Waterlogged"||September 14, 2007|
"Pies, Pies, Pies!": When Pig promises to make a pie for everyone in WordWorld, Pig learns a hard lesson about keeping promises and sharing. Fortunately, Pig also learns about the letter S and how it can turn “pie” into “pies.” Build a Word: "PIES"
"Waterlogged": Frog and Pig’s friendship is put to the test when Frog moves in with Pig after his log sinks. After some silly mishaps, Pig and Frog finally come to an understanding – about how important it is to see things from a friend’s perspective. Build a Word: "LOG"Music video: "Dancing Dog"
|7||7||"Dog's Camping Adventure/V is for Vacation"||September 17, 2007|
"Dog's Camping Adventure": Dog is so excited! Pig and Frog are taking him on his first camping trip! While Pig and Frog are supposed to be the brave camping “experts,” it is Dog who overcomes his fear and finds the lost letters to their tent in the dark forest. But who’s that peeking out from behind a tree? Build a Word: "TENT"
"V is for Vacation": The weather is turning colder, and Duck is ready for his yearly vacation. Duck’s not sure, however, how to go. When Bird tells him Duck just needs to “find the ‘V,'” Duck doesn’t realize that Bird means a “V” formation of migrating birds. Instead, Duck is off and running on a wild “V” chase. Build a Word: "VINE"Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|8||8||"Snug as a Bug/Nightlight"||September 18, 2007|
"Snug as a Bug": Bug can’t sleep, and until Bug does, his favorite neighbor Frog can’t sleep either! Bug knows Frog has to be “snug as a bug in a…” but Frog can’t remember the rest of the rhyme. So Frog and Bug head off on a nighttime hunt of words that rhyme with “bug”-and wake up half their WordFriends in the process! Build a Word: "RUG"
"Nightlight": Bear won’t go to sleep. Try as her friends might to lull her off to sleep, Bear stubbornly refuses to turn off all her lights and go to bed. It’s not until they venture out into the night that the WordFriends realize Bear is afraid of the dark! But Frog has just the right solution to Bear’s problem, and it comes by joining two words to make a new one. Build a Word: "NIGHTLIGHT"Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|9||9||"Duck's First Sleepover Party/One Hat Fits All"||October 29, 2007|
"Duck's First Sleepover Party”: Duck attends his first sleep-over party but Duck’s nervous about not sleeping in his nest for the first time. After a long night of fun games his friends calm his anxiety by building him a soft, fluffy nest. Build a Word: "BED"
"One Hat Fits All": Sheep, while practicing her magic act, loses her magicians top hat. The hat wends all around Word World, visiting Pig, and Duck, breaking into its letters each time it crashes to a halt! And whenever our heroes put it back together, the hat takes on a fresh, new form. For Pig it becomes a chef’s hat; and for Duck, a silly propeller beanie! Clearly, this hat is special! Could it even be… magical? Build a Word: "HAT"Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|10||10||"Dancing Dog/Pig's Big Moonlight Feast"||November 19, 2007|
"Dancing Dog": It’s the day of the Word World Concert and no one is more excited than Dog – Dog loves music. Sadly, Dog can’t play an instrument. With the help of his good friend Bear, Dog has discovered that anyone can make music! Build a Word: "DRUM"
"Pig's Big Moonlight Feast": When Pig is too sick to cook the Moonlight Feast, his friends step in, but they find that if you don’t follow the recipe you may end up “in the soup.” Build a (Right) Word: "CORN", "PIE", "CAKE"Music video: "Circus Sheep"
|11||11||"Boppin' with the Bug Band/Shuffleword"||November 26, 2007|
"Boppin' with the Bug Band": Ant is having a band showcase on his radio show and while Bug, Fly and Bee have some really good music, they need a lot of help with their lyrics. Frog teaches the Bug Band all about rhyming and they eventually give a fantastic performance. Build a Word: "BELL"
"Shuffleword": When Pig and Ant had an argument, Sheep and Dog must get them to be friends. Build a Word: "PIT"Music video: "Circus Sheep"
|12||12||"W Drought/Princess Sheep"||January 31, 2008|
"W Drought": It’s a hot summer day and all the WordFriends are using water to stay cool. But all the letter Ws start to disappear, and you can’t have “water” without the letter W! Sheep leads the gang in the hunt to discover just who’s causing the W drought. Build a Word: "WATER"
"Princess Sheep": Bear and Sheep want to play princess, but they only have one crown. Although Sheep promises to take turns wearing the crown and being princess, Sheep gets royally carried away playing her role. It is only after Sheep hurts Bear’s feelings that Sheep learns that a true princess isn’t selfish, but kind and generous instead. Build a Word: "CROWN"Music video: "Take the Stage"
|13||13||"Radio Read-a-Thon/Robots to the Rescue!"||February 15, 2008|
"Radio Read-a-Thon": Duck asks Frog to read his favorite book on Ant’s radio station because Ant can’t read it himself. But when Frog’s tongue gets tangled in knots, Duck realizes that Duck doesn’t need to know how to read to be able to look at pictures and tell a great story. Build a Word: "BOOK"
"Robots to the Rescue!": When Frog discovers that you can make a word “more than one” by adding the letter S to the end of it, Frog becomes a mad scientist of sorts, making more and more of everything! Frog learns that while having a lot of stuff might seem like a good idea, too much of anything soon leads to chaos. Frog fortunately has a robot who likes to clean up! Build a Word: "ROBOTS"Music video: "Take the Stage"
|14||14||"Pl-Pl-Plane/Mail Mix Up"||March 3, 2008|
"Pl-Pl-Plane": Frog and the Bug Band are headed to have some fun on the beach, but not everything goes as Frog had planned. Frog loses the letters “PL” from his plane and must search through the jungle to find them. After some crazy jungle adventure, Frog realizes that fun doesn’t always have to be planned! Build a Word: "PLANE"
"Mail Mix Up": Duck offers to help Kangaroo deliver letters to his WordFriends, but Duck forgets Kangaroo’s instructions and delivers the wrong letters to everyone. Duck discovers that there sure are a lot of words that end with the sound “ail”-such as NAIL, PAIL and SAIL-and that they sure can’t be used interchangeably! Build a (Right) Word: "SAIL, PAIL, NAIL"Music video: "Take the Stage"
|15||15||"Pig's Present/Tick Tock Space Clock"||March 21, 2008|
"Pig's Present": It’s Pig’s birthday and his nephews, the Three Little Pigs, are making him a secret present. Although Pig promises not to peek, his curiosity about his present gets the better of him…and wreaks havoc all over WordWorld. Will Pig ever learn to be patient? Build a Word: “JET”
"Tick Tock Space Clock": When a mysterious rocket lands in Word World, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock. Pig searches all over Word World, listening for the special sound that will lead the robot to the clock that will save his home planet. Build a Word: "CLOCK"Music video: "Monster Maker"
|16||16||"Castles in the Sea/Get Your Coat"||April 7, 2008|
"Castles in the Sea": While playing in the sand on the beach, Duck and Shark discover the perfect home for Shark: a sand castle! But why, oh why, does it disappear every night while Shark is sleeping? When the WordFriends try to hunt down the castle thief, they learn about tides and waves…from a singing Crab. Build a Word: "CASTLE"
"Get Your Coat": Duck thinks Frog doesn’t want to play in the rain because Duck accidentally broke Frog’s boat. But the real reason is that Frog doesn’t like the rain. Duck learns all about words that end with “oat” before finally coming across a word that will allow Frog to play outside in the rain: a coat! Build a Word: "COAT"Music video: "Monster Maker"
|17||17||"Superhero Sheep/Pirate Ship"||April 8, 2008|
"Superhero Sheep": Sheep becomes Word World’s first superhero, saving the day with the letter “S”! Duck is eager to be her trusty sidekick, but Sheep repeatedly points out that “superheroes don’t need help.” But Sheep learns that everyone needs help sometimes when Sheep gets stuck on top of Pig’s barn and it’s up to Duck to save her. Build a Word: "SLIDE"
"Pirate Ship": While playing on the beach, Sheep, Duck and Shark find a message in a bottle. It’s one of several rhyming clues that will lead them to a special treasure! Like hearty pirates, the trio follows the clues and rhyme their way across the sea-if only they had a ship! Build a Word: "SHIP"Music video: "Monster Maker"
|18||18||"Playing Spies/Wee Little Whale"||May 5, 2008|
"Playing Spies": When Sheep and Duck think that Dog has a secret, they decide to play “spy” to figure out the mystery. As they secretly watch Dog, they discover Dog wants to build a word with the “oo” sound. But will they be caught before they can guess Dog’s secret? Build a Word: "POOL"
"Wee Little Whale": Sheep rescues a tiny whale who is stuck in some seaweed and brings her home to her haystack. They quickly become best of friends. But as Whale gets bigger and bigger, outgrowing Sheep’s tea cups, bathtubs and pools, Sheep realizes Sheep must return her WordFriend to the sea. Although Whale may be big, her friendship with Sheep proves to be bigger, and the two discover a way to continue to play together: They just have to build a word! Build a Word: "SUB"Music video: "It's Time to Rhyme"
|19||19||"The Race to Mystery Island/A Star is Born"||May 6, 2008|
"The Race to Mystery Island": Pig and Frog are trying to out-do each other. Their competition results in a big race to Mystery Island. While each WordFriend builds himself several words to thwart his competitor along the way, Pig and Frog both finally come to realize that the only way they’ll succeed is to work together. Build a Word: "BOAT"
"A Star is Born": 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 Duck sees. With a little word building, Sheep and Ant solve Duck’s problem, and soon a “star” is born. Build a Word: "STAR"Music video: "It's Time to Rhyme"
|20||20||"Back on Track/The Rainbow Birthday Cake"||May 23, 2008|
"Back on Track": While looking through his telescope, Frog notices that Kangaroo’s mail train is headed straight for a broken track! Frog has to rely on BEAR and her tiny new tricycle to get him there to fix the track on time. And if the tricycle isn’t tiny enough, Dog, Duck, and Ant and all his cousins climb on board to lend a hand. Will they make it in time? Build a Word: "TRACK"
"The Rainbow Birthday Cake": It is Frog’s birthday, and Duck wants to make him a big, beautiful birthday cake frosted in the colors of the rainbow. Such a cake requires many cans of frosting, and Duck learns Pig can’t just throw cans anywhere. They must be recycled or reused. In WordWorld, recycling means using the letters in a discarded word to make other words, such as candle which is just what Duck needs for Frog’s cake! Build a Word: "CANDLE"Music video: "It's Time to Rhyme"
|21||21||"Bit by Bit/Ride 'em, Cowbear!"||June 23, 2008|
"Bit by Bit": It is Monkey’s birthday, and Frog has a toothache. Frog entrusts Duck and Bug to take his present-a banana-to Monkey’s birthday party for him. In their enthusiasm to get to the party, Duck and Bug accidentally break the banana into letters and they don’t know how to rebuild it! It’s just too big to build a word. Fortunately, Elephant knows a thing or two about big words, and teaches them to build the banana back, bit by bit, based on the three syllables in the word. Build a Word: "BANANA"
"Ride 'em, Cowbear!": Pig, Dog and Duck are playing cowboys. Bear wants to join them, but gets frustrated when Bear learns Cow’s not very good at rope tricks. Dog went let her sulk, though, and after much practice Bear is a rootin’-tootin’ Cowbear! And just in time-Pig and Duck have herded Cow into the mud! Build a Word: "ROPE"Music video: "Pig's Perfect Pizza"
|22||22||"Play Ball!/M is for Map"||June 24, 2008|
"Play Ball!": The WordFriends play an exciting game of baseball, but Robot has never played before. With some practice, and a lot of encouragement from his WordFriends, Robot learns the game and turns into a slugging machine! Build a Word: "BALL"
“M is for Map": After a fun day of adventuring through the jungle, Sheep and Bear discover they are lost-and it’s almost dark! In their haste to get home before sunset, the WordFriends lose the letters to their map. They have to sound out and hunt down the letters in “map”-but with Adventure Sheep leading the way, nothing is ever easy! Build a Word: "MAP"Music video: "Pig's Perfect Pizza"
|23||23||"Flying Ant/The Dancing Duck Bonanza"||July 7, 2008|
"Flying Ant": WordWorld is all abuzz-today is the Insect Air Show! All the bugs in WordWorld take to the sky to show off their flying skills. All the insects, that is, except Ant, who can’t fly. But Ant is a smart, industrious WordFriend, and with the help of his best pal Pig, Pig finds just the right word to give him the lift Pig needs to be the hit of the show. Build a Word: "KITE"
"The Dancing Duck Bonanza": Duck encourages Shark, who is a great underwater dancer, to dance in his show. When Shark comes up on land to practice, Shark flops all over the stage like a...well, a fish out of water. But the show must go on! Duck must find a way to put on his show and include Shark. Build a Word: "STAGE"Music video: "Pig's Perfect Pizza"
|24||24||"The Lost Letter L/Catch that C!"||August 18, 2008|
"The Lost Letter L": When Duck accidentally breaks the L off Frog’s lamp, Duck 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! Duck learns that everyone makes mistakes and admitting them sooner rather than later can make a big difference. Build a Word: “LOG”
"Catch that C!": While Pig and Ant are making cookies, their bag of letter Cs gets away from them, sending the WordFriends on a wild goose chase all over WordWorld to catch that C! The bad news is that the letter C is in big demand that day. But the good news is that Pig and Ant have a lot of WordFriends who want to help them out! Build a Word: "COOKIE"Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|25||25||"A Kooky Spooky Halloween/Sheep's Halloween Costume"||October 6, 2008|
"A Kooky Spooky Halloween": The Word-Friends get their share of scares the night before Halloween, when Pig sleepwalks and everyone thinks Pig’s a ghost! Build a Word: "BAG"
"Sheep's Halloween Costume": It’s Halloween, Sheep’s favorite day of the year. Sheep likes nothing more than to dress up, so Sheep always goes out of her way to make herself a special costume. But what will Sheep do when her Word-Friends need pieces of her costume for their own costumes? Build a Word: "DUST"Music video: "Monster Maker"
|26||26||"The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog"||December 1, 2008|
"The Christmas Star": It's the night before Christmas and Frog needs a star to hang on his Christmas tree. Duck thinks this will be the perfect present for Frog, and tries to lasso one out of the sky for him. Try as Frog might, Duck is unable to catch a star for Frog, and cries himself to sleep. But while Frog sleeps, someone leaves him a wonderful present: the letters S-T-A-R… Build a Word: "STAR”
"A Christmas Present for Dog": It's Christmas morning, and all the Word-Friends are excited by the presents Santa has brought for them! Pig has a sled, Bear has a doll, and Ant has a cookie. But not all the letters for Dog's present came down his chimney. All Dog has is a B-A-L. Bear gets filled with the Christmas spirit and makes a sacrifice to ensure Dog's Christmas will be merry! Will they save Dog's ball? Build a Word: "BALL"Music video: "It's Time to Rhyme"
Season 2 (2009)
|No. In Series||No. In Season||Title||Original Air Date|
|27||1||"My Fuzzy Valentine/Love, Bug"||February 13, 2009|
"My Fuzzy Valentine": When Sheep decides Bear wants to make a special Valentine song for her pal Bear, Bear has runs into trouble finding just the right rhyme to finish her song. With the help of Fly, she discovers the perfect rhyme and makes Bear a Valentine song with real heart. Build a Word: "HEART"
"Love, Bug": Bug wants to sign a valentine for his favorite Word Friend, but Bug doesn’t know how to write his name. With much encouragement from Frog, Bug learns that with a little practice Frog can write his name and give his valentine. Build a Word: "BUG"Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|28||2||"Duck Saves Spider’s Web/Caterpillar Gets A Home"||March 31, 2009|
"Duck Saves Spider’s Web": When Duck accidentally crashes into Spider’s web and breaks it apart into letters, Duck has to go about finding the letters to fix it. But Duck doesn’t know what letters are in the word ‘web’! With Elephant’s help, Duck learns that sometimes if you can sound out a word, you can figure out what letters you need to build it. Build a Word: "WEB"
"Caterpillar Gets a Home": On a rainy, windy day in WordWorld, Duck helps his new friend, Caterpillar, build a home to keep her safe from the weather. But not just any word will keep an itty bitty caterpillar from getting wet or blown away… Build a Word: "BOX"Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|29||3||"Bugs to the Rescue!/Sheep's First Bike Ride"||April 13, 2009|
"Bugs to the Rescue!": Ant and Dog build a hot-air balloon and 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. Build a Word: "BALLOON"
"Sheep's First Bike Ride": Bear and Sheep both learn to build the word “bike,” and Sheep learns how to ride one for the first time in her life. In both cases, it just takes some perseverance. Build a Word: "BIKE"Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|30||4||"Duck's Hiccups/Achoo!"||May 11, 2009|
"Duck's Hiccups": When Duck drinks down a glass of lemonade too quickly, Duck gets the hiccups for the first time ever! His WordFriends try every trick in the book to help him, but which cure will work? Build a Word: "GLASS"
"Achoo!": 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 Pig can’t even tell Sheep what Pig really needs is apples. Sheep tries to guess what Pig needs, imagining a silly array of a-sounding words! Build a Word: "ANTS"Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|31||5||"Get Well Soon Soup/Mmm-Mmm-Milk!"||May 12, 2009|
"Get Well Soon Soup": 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. Pig just has to figure out what that word is! Build a Word: "BED"
"Mmm-Mmm-Milk!": When Ant comes over to Pig’s barn to eat cookies, Pig tries to get him to drink some milk. But Ant doesn’t like milk! Or so Ant thinks… Build a Word: "MILK"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|32||6||"Get Set for ET/Duck Plays the Piano"||June 15, 2009|
"Get Set for ET": 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. But how do you catch something made from clouds? Build a Word: "JET"
"Duck Plays the Piano": When the bugs keep interrupting Duck’s piano lesson, Duck learns that some things are worth waiting for. Duck also learns that when a word has many sounds in it, it can be built sound by sound. Build a Word: "PIANO"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|33||7||"Shark's First Day of School/Shark's First Loose Tooth"||July 13, 2009|
"Shark's First Day of School": 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, and by day’s end Shark’s at the head of the class. Build a Word: "FLAG"
"Shark's First Loose Tooth": When Shark loses his first baby tooth at a sleepover party with Duck, he’s got 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! With the help of his good friend Duck and the letter P, Shark finally finds just the word to help him fall asleep. Build a Word: "PILLOW"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|34||8||"Duck at Bat/You Can Never Have Too Many OO's"||July 14, 2009|
"Duck at Bat": Duck loses the letter B to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. Duck tries to build other words to hit the ball–MAT, HAT–but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word…and hit a homer! Build a Word: "BAT" (Happened twice)
"You Can Never Have Too Many "OO"s": 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. With Kangaroo’s help, Duck saves the day…and learns you can never have too many “oo”s. Build a Word: "ROOF"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|35||9||"The Best Nest/Duck's Family Reunion"||September 7, 2009|
"The Best Nest": 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? Build a Word: "NEST"
Duck's Family Reunion: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "Take the Stage"
|36||10||"Bed Bugs/Snug as a Bug"||September 8, 2009|
"Bed Bugs": 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! Can they figure out which letter is which – and rebuild Frog’s bed before Frog returns home? Build a Word: "BED"
Snug as a Bug: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "It's Time to Rhyme"
|37||11||"Totally Terrific Duck/A Star is Born"||October 12, 2009|
"Totally Terrific Duck": Totally Terrific Duck – Bear is going to paint everyone’s picture today, and Duck wants to look “totally terrific” for his portrait. Not to worry! Frog and Bear help him build a tie, top hat and tutu – because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter T. A tie, top hat and tutu? Now that’s one totally, totally, totally terrific looking Duck! Build a Word: "TIE"
A Star is Born: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|38||12||"Dog's Having a Party/Dog Wants to Play Ball"||November 6, 2009|
"Dog's Having a Party": 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; with it they can make hotdogs, hats, hula-hoops and a GREAT party indeed. Hurray! Build a Word: "HORN"
Dog Wants to Play Ball: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|39||13||"Welcome Home, Duck/The Lost Letter L"||November 10, 2009|
"Welcome Home, Duck": 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. Frog tries building a sock and a block to replace the dock, but it’s not until Duck builds a rock that Frog can land on, halfway across the pond, that Frog’s able to get across the water to Duck’s nest. Build a Word: "ROCK"
The Lost Letter L: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|40||14||"Bear's Bed Sled/Sh-Sh-Shark!"||December 28, 2009|
"Bear's Bed Sled": 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 come up with a solution that will let Bear stay in bed and go sledding at the same time. Build a Word: "SLED"
Sh-Sh-Shark!: (Repeat of a Season 1 episode)Music video: "Take the Stage"
Season 3 (2010–2011)
|No. In Series||No. In Season||Title||Original Air Date|
|41||1||"A String’s the Thing/J-J-Jelly"||October 4, 2010|
"A String’s the Thing": 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. Build a Word: "STRING"
"J-J-Jelly": Pig asks Bear and Sheep to help him make jugs for the jelly pumping from his jelly machine. However, when they aren’t able to make jugs 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. Build a Word: "JAR"Music video: "Ride the Slide"
|42||2||"Hide and Seek/Kite Flight"||October 5, 2010|
"Hide and Seek": The WordFriends play a game of Hide and Seek where they have to hide behind WordThings that end in “ake.” The bugs build a rake, and Pig builds a cake. But Shark is so big that it’s always hard for him to find a good hiding place. Time is running out! What “ake” word is just right for Shark to build? Build a Word: "LAKE"
"Kite Flight": When Frog sails away on a big kite Frog 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? Build a Word: "KITE"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
|43||3||"The Really Red Ruby/Firefighters to the Rescue"||November 1, 2010|
"The Really Red Ruby": Frog is excited to accompany Sheep on an exciting adventure to find the Really Red Ruby - until he realizes that Sheep is only pretending to go on an adventure. Frog is disappointed until he makes his greatest discovery: playing pretend is fun! Build a Word: "ROCK"
"Firefighters to the Rescue": Duck and Fly want to become firefighters, just like their friend 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? Build a Word: "FIRE"Music video: "Pig's Perfect Pizza"
|44||4||"Think in the Rink/X Marks the Spot"||November 2, 2010|
"Think in the Rink": 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 Duck accidentally breaks the ice skating rink. Will Duck and Dog think up a good solution to the problem before the show begins? Build a Word: "RINK"
"X Marks the Spot": 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 Duck 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. Build a Word: "X-RAY"Music video: "Fruit Cha-Cha"
|45||5||"Race to the Spaceship/Sandbox Surprise"||January 17, 2011|
"Race to the Spaceship": 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. Build a Word: "SPACESHIP"
“Sandbox Surprise": Duck and Dog become curious about compound words when they discover the word “sandbox” is made of two words. How many compound words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose? Build a Word: "SANDBOX"Music video: "Get Up and Move"
Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series 5 out of 5 stars; saying that, “This show is perfectly suited for preschoolers' learning level, and it will entertain them as it reinforces their knowledge of letters, sounds, and simple words. With its imaginative design and with the various font styles used to create the letter-based objects, the WordWorld package is delightful enough to draw in parents almost as readily as kids.”
2009 Emmy Award Winner Outstanding Children's Animated Program Outstanding Writing in Animation
2008 Emmy Award Winner Outstanding Achievement in Main Title
Three 2007 Parents’ Choice Awards: Gold Welcome to WordWorld DVD Rocket to the Moon/The Birds DVD WordWorld Television Series
Creative Child Magazine – Creative Toys Awards 2008 Preferred Choice Award: Barn Bucket Set 2008 Seal of Excellence Award: Pull-Apart Plush
2004 Preferred Choice Award: Pull Apart Plush
2008 Toy Wishes Magazine All-Star Award WordPuzzle with Sound: Duck's Beach Party
Interactive Media Awards 2007 Best in Class: PBS Kids WordWorld Website
- ^ a b Ashby, Emily (3 September 2007). "WordWorld Review". Common Sense Media.
- ^ "About WordWorld". WordWorld. General Word LP. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
- ^ a b c d e f g "awards". wordworld.com.
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