The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! on WXXI-TV

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! on WXXI-TV

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 8:30am - 9:30am

Pictured: The Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick, the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the Thinga-ma-jigger.

Credit: Courtesy of Copyright © Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2009

The Cat in the Hat will take kids on a fantastic journey of scientific discovery!

PBS KIDS and Random House join to support science learning for preschoolers nationwide with the premiere of The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! on Monday, September 6 at 8:30 a.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

Voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick – with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 – on fun-filled adventures where they make natural-science discoveries, from how bees make honey to why owls sleep during the day.

Filled with both adventure and silliness, The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! , based on the acclaimed The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book series, will appeal to preschoolers’ natural curiosity, and engage them in the process of scientific exploration and discovery.

“In the same way the original The Cat in the Hat book has introduced generations of children to the joys of reading, ‘The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!’ will encourage children to explore the wonders of science and nature,” says Kate Klimo, Dr. Seuss’s Random House publisher and Executive Director of Development for Random House Children’s Entertainment. “Dr. Seuss was so passionate about science, nature and the survival of the planet, he surely would have loved that the science-based book series he conceived is being brought to television in such grand fashion.”

“Kids’ favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life on screen in this zany adventure that will spark a love of learning and an interest in science,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President of Children’s Media, PBS. “We are on a mission to cultivate positive views about science and scientists among the next generation -- the American children who will become tomorrow’s innovators.”

The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.

A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick.  Although the Cat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis, and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in Kapok trees, and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made.  Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions -- all in a preschool-appropriate manner.

Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS Kids, The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! is based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”

To supplement the TV series’ lessons, an activity-filled website will encourage kids to participate in character-driven exploration of science concepts on PBSKIDS.org. Additional parent and teacher resources will also be available on PBS Parents (PBSPARENTS.org) and PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org) sites. These sites will feature resources, tools, and ideas, including example questions parents can use to help engage children as they explore the ideas sparked by the series.

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