Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Review: WordWorld Lots of Letters! (DVD)

On September 29th, 2009, PBS Kids and NCircle Entertainment released the WordWorld Box Set Collection Lots of Letters! This 2-disc educational DVD set would be a great gift idea for your preschooler or kindergartner this year.

Lots of Letters! contains a collection of 16 WordWorld episodes, in which you will find you favorite characters such as Dog, Ant, Duck, Sheep, Bear, Frog, and more. My 5yr old's favorite character is Ant. My son has an amazing memory, so when I asked him why Ant was his favorite, he rattled off a long list of things about Ant that he had seen in past WordWorld episodes that apparently make him cool, such as having his own video camera, being small, and living with a pig.

As a parent, I liked that each WordWorld episode introduced one or more of the following topics:

  • Beginning word sounds
  • Sounding out words
  • Spelling
  • Upper and lowercase letters
  • Real life social situations

At first I thought that WordWorld being an actual world made up of beings and objects that are actual words would be a stretch of the imagination, but the animation is very well done. On each episode something or someone disassembles into separate letters and then reassembles when all the letters are brought together again. My son's favorite episode is "W Drought" in which all the water in WordWorld turns into mounds of As, Ts, Es, and Rs, as a result of someone stealing all the Ws. After a few episodes, it actually seems normal that Dog's head is a letter "D". What else would it be in a place called "WordWorld"?

You can find WordWorld DVDs on or locally and online at most retailers who sell educational DVDs for children.

Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing us with a review product free of charge.