Wednesday, January 6, 2016


PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing four stories from PBS KIDS’ popular SUPER WHY series on the new DVD “THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES” on January 26, 2016. The four reading-powered adventures on this DVD not only help kids with the critical skills they need to learn to read, they also provide them with important life lessons. Two of the lessons kids will take away after watching these stories are the importance of good manners and that in order to learn a new skill, you need to be persistent and keep trying!

The four stories included on this DVD are “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” In “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” Red’s grandmother won’t let her into the kitchen to have some red velvet cake, and she doesn’t know why. In order to find the answer, the Super Readers jump into the book “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” After watching a troll stop all three goats from crossing his bridge, the answer emerges. The Super Readers also jump into the story “The Tortoise and the Hare!” In this episode the Super Readers spell the words G-O and B-E-L-L and learn that participating in a contest isn’t always about winning, it’s also important to enjoy the game.

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES” will be available on DVD January 26, 2016. The DVD has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and an SRP of $12.99. The episodes included on this DVD are listed below.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Grandma will not let Red into the kitchen to get some extra special red velvet cake – and it’s making Red really mad! 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 those rude goats behave, and Red figures out what she needs to tell Grandma.

The Tortoise and the Hare
Princess Pea and Red are partners in a potato sack race but can’t decide whether to go slow and steady, 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.

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.

The Elves and the Shoemaker
Whyatt has a secret admirer and he wants to know who it is. The Super Readers visit the story “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.

My Thoughts

Super Why is a fun, interactive show that helps preschoolers learn to read by quite literally jumping into the story. In each episode, the cast of characters are faced with a challenge and they turn to classic books to learn the answers. It's always a great show with a lesson to be learned.  This DVD includes four awesome episodes. 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - When Red can't get his hands on his grandmother's cake, they visit the the billy goats. They turn out to be more of a problem than the troll, which teaches Red that Grandma deserves an apology.

The Tortoise and the Hare - This story teaches the team that faster isn't always better, especially when you're in a potato sack race.

The Ugly Duckling - When Princess Pea is struggling with her ballet moves, the ugly duckling helps her find her confidence.

The Elves and the Shoemaker - When Whyatt learns he has a secret admirer, he uses this tale to help uncover the secret elves and his secret friend.

Overall, this a great set of stories and I'm glad to see them on DVD. It's a great variety and my kids are thrilled to be able to watch whenever they want.