Saturday, June 5 at 6 a.m. – Franny's Feet
(Rochester, NY) – Dust off your passports. Franny Fantootsie, globetrotter extraordinare, takes WXXI's youngest viewers around the world. Geography, science, math, language arts, and global awareness are woven together with delightful storytelling for a seamless, entertaining and interdisciplinary learning experience in Franny's Feet, airing Saturdays at 6 a.m. beginning June 5 on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011and 11).
Franny’s international adventures take her to fascinating places, where she meets new friends and helps them solve problems. In every episode, she slips on a pair of shoes in her grandfather’s repair shop and asks “Where will my feet take me today?” This season, in a pair of slippers, she heads to to the mountains of China and learns about baby pandas. She is transported to the Brazilian rainforest in a pair of waterproof boots, where she learns about nocturnal animals. In flip flops, she skips to the sandy beaches of Jamaica and encounters the incoming tide. In clogs, she’s transported to a floating tulip parade in Holland. Space boots take her to the International Space Station, where she learns about gravity. She travels to India in sparkly sandals and takes part in a traditional wedding ceremony. In the premiere episode, scheduled in celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, Franny travels in moccasins to a Native American potlatch, where she helps make a totem pole.
Each story is followed by “Franny’s Treasures,” an interactive segment in which Franny speaks directly to viewers. She asks for their help as she tries to figure out answers to game-like challenges. These segments expand on educational concepts explored in the preceding story. Each episode of Franny's Feet also includes a sing-along music video.
“Franny is a terrific role model for children, introducing them to inter-disciplinary content and encouraging them to expand their horizons as they follow her to far-away places.” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children’s and Educational Programming for THIRTEEN. “The series is a wonderfully captivating and charming way for preschoolers to discover other worlds and cultures.”
Online, viewers can have more adventures at pbskids.org/frannysfeet, where they’ll find Web-based games, video clips, and educational activities. A wide range of Franny's Feet storybooks, readers, sticker, novelty, coloring, and activity books and kits are available (published by Penguin Young Readers Group and Sımon & Schuster), with more titles set for release in 2010. Four Franny's Feet DVDs, featuring episodes and activities, are currently on the market. Titles are available in both English and Spanish.
Pictured: Franny and a friend
Credit: WNET/DECODE Entertainment
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