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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Busytown Mysteries

Remember the Richard Scarry books from your childhood? His books have sold over 150 million copies and translated into 30 languages over the last 40 years. I remember reading these books when I was a kid.

The characters from Richard Scarry's books are now on a new TV series, airing on weekend mornings on CBS, called Busytown Mysteries. The 1/2 hour program is made up of two 11-minute episodes.

The Busytown Mysteries characters are led by Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm as they solve many every day mysteries of Busytown. This fun series engages children with fun storylines and characters while introducing them to deductive reasoning skills like who, what, when, where, and why.

There is also an interactive website for Busytown Mysteries where kids can explore different neighborhoods, interact with the characters and play 14 games and activities. I spent some time exploring the website with Kayla and there is a lot to see and do; we're still exploring it! The website seems to be a little slow to start up, but you can skip the intro.

We also watched 2 episodes: "The Falling Fruit Mystery" and "The Dragon Hunters" - she liked watching both of them and I talked to her about why she thought one tree had lost all the cherries were gone from one of the trees, we tried to figure it out together. The episodes are short enough that I could talk to her afterwards about what she remembered happening throughout the episodes.

I received a DVD of the above mentioned shows to review for this One2One Network blog tour.

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Heidi said...

I loved those books. I could look at the pictures of the scenes for hours.

Marie said...

I'm so looking forward to the day that Jack and I will be able to do chat about these kinds of things. Thanks for sharing. I might just check out the site and see if he enjoys it now anyway. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

That sounds really interesting! Thanks for the tip!