Scholastic Media, a division of global children's publishing giant Scholastic Inc., has announced a two-part holiday episode of its Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS GO! series WordGirl, "A World Without WordGirl." The episode will play off of the Jimmy Stewart classic It's a Wonderful Life, wherein viewers will be forced to imagine a world sans the their favorite vocabulary super hero. In part one, when WordGirl's alter-ego, Becky, has her birthday party interrupted one time too many by citizens in need of WordGirl's assistance, she wishes for a world without WordGirl, and learns the meaning of the old saying, "be careful what you wish for."
“Having WordGirl in our world makes learning vocabulary both fun and educational,” says Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. “In imagining a world without her, viewers will be reminded of how necessary her heart, humor and love of language are to children and families alike.”
Since spinning off from the Maya & Miguel program, WordGirl has won industry awards, including an Emmy for Best Writing in Animation, two Gracie awards for its portrayal of a strong female character, a Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Animation, and others. WordGirl books are published by Scholastic, series-related games and puzzles are available from Briarpatch,and an app is available for iPhone.