The Hey Wordy! DVD includes a bonus episode, celebrating Cloudy's birthday in multiple languages. The remaining DVD components introduce mini episodes. To play the "Hey Wordy!" trailer, click on the play icon at the upper left of the image.
Climb aboard our flying house as we introduce your children to other languages and cultures from around the globe inspiring them to celebrate difference and each other! Winner of a 2017 Parents' Choice Recommended Award, "Celebrate the World! The Hey Wordy! Movie" takes you on an enchanted, musical adventure down the streets of Paris, through the canals of Venice, and on a magic carpet ride over the deserts of Egyptand beyond! The film also teaches good values such as the importance of friendship and being proud of the special things that make you who you are. With spectacular animation and fully orchestrated original songs, you and your children will be singing in another language before you know it. "Celebrate the World! The Hey Wordy Movie" stars David Burke, internationally renowned language expert and author of over 60 language books and is executive produced by Howard Kazanjian ("Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark").
If you like the "Hey Wordy!" episodes on PBS, you will also enjoy this DVD and audio CD program. Subtitled “Celebrate the World!”, it is presented in that same fun-via-song format. These original, animated and fully-orchestrated songs are professionally created, imaginative and engaging. You’ll enjoy hearing your young ones replay and sing these repeatedly. In just a few moments, I found myself singing right along. Serving as an exposure to other languages rather than pure instruction, the songs introduce some basic words (mostly nouns and short phrases) in 6 different languages: French (2 songs), Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic.
The Hey Wordy! DVD includes a bonus episode, celebrating Cloudy’s birthday in multiple languages. The remaining DVD components introduce mini episodes. The vibe reminds me of the “Blues Clues” series my children once enjoyed: fast-paced, educational, significant amount of lyric repetition, and exaggerated accents, facial and body expressions--no matter the language or accent. It is typical, for example, to see David Burke as Dabblebee become a French man wearing a beret or a Japanese man in kimono and sandals. Dabblebee is accompanied in his adventures by animated creatures: Wordy (the talking book who adds new vocabulary to his inside pages), Cloudy, the bird who delivers the words, and others. While a large percentage of the lyrics is in English (providing some great exposure to English vocabulary for your preschoolers), listeners will be introduced to some specific vocabulary: for example, how to greet someone in French, count in Korean, or cockadoodle doo in other languages. The Soundtrack CD plays the same songs (with a wee bit of introduction) from the DVD, while adding instrumental versions of Bonjour, Makes Me Felice, and The Best Umniah. Parents’ Choice recommended. ~ Ruth