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Deep inside the Storybook Factory – where pictures, words and imagination bring stories to life – Tad, Lily, Casey and Dot decide to put a few new twists on a classic tale. The result is a fun-filled adventure that turns reading into a delightful game! Special features include sing-along songs to help your little ones learn, complete with a string of read-along words that run across the screen.
Reading is simply putting words together to discover a story. When Mr. Websley glimpses Tad and his friends rehearsing "The Three Little Pigs," he reminisces about favorite childhood stories and is struck with an idea for a new invention--a talking storybook. Frog and Quigley are called to construct a new factory and Tad and his friends begin to rehearse in earnest since they're slated to be the stars of the book. Problem is, Tad has been cast as the narrator, but he doesn't know how to read. Professor Quigley and Leap reassure Tad that he already knows everything he needs to know to be a successful reader: he learned his letters and the sounds they make in the Letter Factory and that sounds combine to make words in the Talking Words Factory. All that's left is to combine the words to make a story. Tad learns some new tricks like "chunking" words together to sound like talking and that punctuation markings like commas and periods help with inflection. In no time, Tad is reading fluently and it looks like the talking storybook will be ready right on schedule. Viewers age 4 to 6 will develop their reading and comprehension skills right along with Tad thanks to on-screen highlighted text. DVD extras include a read-along storybook of a somewhat untraditional version of "The Three Little Pigs" that can be played with or without a voice track and five sing-along songs. --Tami Horiuchi