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Episode 111
Flight of the Penguin
Flight of the Penguin

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are pretending to fly in their backyard. Oh, wouldn't it be great if they really could go zooming and swooshing like a bird? The Cat in the Hat brings them to meet his good friend Percy the penguin. After a fun race with a penguin and a gull, the kids learn that not all birds fly, but that doesn't mean they can't go zooming and swooshing.
Educational Objective
Unlike most birds, penguins can't fly, but they get around in their own special way. Penguins are perfectly designed for "zooming" and "swishing" through water.
Let's Go Fly a Kite
Let's Go Fly a Kite

Synopsis:
Sally, Nick and the Cat are trying to fly a kite, but there's not enough wind. The Cat in the Hat takes them to Huff-Puff-Maguff where there's so much wind, their kite gets away from them! They chase the runaway kite, using the wind to help them. When they finally reach it, the breeze helps to cool them down!
Educational Objective
Wind power can help us in different ways. Wind can make things work, move things, and cool us down.

Episode 112
You Should be Dancing
You Should Be Dancing

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are planning to put on a show for their moms, but they can't finish their dance without falling down! The Cat in the Hat takes them to meet one of the best dancers in the world, Tango, a bird of paradise! With a few costume-changes and a little practice, Nick and Sally are finally able to show their moms their new dance - without falling down!
Educational Objective
After they clear a space to perform, Birds of Paradise perform elaborate dances to attract each other.
Batty for Bats
Batty for Bats

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are playing a game of blindfolded tag but they can't seem to find each other! Luckily the Cat has a friend who is always able to find his way in the dark. He takes them to meet Zapata, a bat who teaches the kids about echolocation. Now that Nick and Sally know how to listen to find their way, blindfold tag has become a lot more fun!
Educational Objective
Bats navigate in the dark by using their sense of hearing, a process called echolocation.

Episode 113
Maps
Maps

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are pretending to be pirates. The Cat takes them on a real pirate adventure by following a treasure map! They use landmarks to find their way to a real pirate treasure: parchment paper and ink pens to make pirate maps of their own!
Educational Objective
A map is like a picture of a place, which you can use to find your way around. Maps show the location of landmarks and natural features.
Hold on Tight
Hold On Tight

Synopsis:
Nick is trying to hang onto the monkey bars but can't. The Cat takes him and Sally to meet the best holder-on-ever, his tiny little friend Larry the limpet. After shrinking down to limpet size, Nick and Sally learn how to hang onto the rocks with the help of natural hand- and footholds, some sticky stuff on their feet, and plain old perseverance. Now Nick knows that in order to stay on the monkey bars, he needs to keep trying!
Educational Objective
Limpets, although small, have a mighty powerful grip.

Episode 114
Jump
Jump

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally can't jump high enough to get their balloon that is stuck up in a tree. Good thing The Cat knows some of the best jumpers ever! Off they go to Jumpalaroo to learn how to jump from narture's masters: grasshoppers, a kangaroo, and even a flea!
Educational Objective
Some creatures are big jumpers, but fleas don't have to be big in order to jump well..
Termite is Right
Termite is Right

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick just can't seem to keep their block tower from toppling over. The Cat in the Hat takes them to meet some expert tower builders: the termites! After shrinking down to bug-size, they learn from Terry termite how to build a tower that won't wiggle and wobble. With some engineering tips from a termite, Sally and Nick can build their block tower higher than before!
Educational Objective
With sand mixed with a special glue in their spit African termites build high towers, which are quite stable because the base is wiser than the upper parts of the tower.

Episode 115
The Egg File
The Egg File

Synopsis:
The kids are decorating the tree house for a party. The Cat knows the world's most fantabulous decorator: Stan the bower bird! Stan teaches the kids how to decorate with almost anything--shells, leaves, and pebbles. Now they can have a party in their own fantabulously decorated tree house!
Educational Objective
The bower bird builds and decorates a fancy nest called a bower. Other kinds of birds build different sorts of nests -- and birds aren't the only creatures who build nests and lay eggs.
Slow Down for Sloths
Slow Down for Sloths

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are trying to draw a picture of a butterfly but can't get close enough to see it. Cat takes the kids to meet Onslow the sloth, who teaches them that when you slow down, the world comes to you. After lots of practice (and a race to see who's the slowest!), Nick and Sally are now able to slow down enough to get closer to the butterfly and finish their picture!
Educational Objective
A sloth is a creature that does everything very slowly in order to save energy.

Episode 116
Chasing Rainbows
Chasing Rainbows

Synopsis:
The kids are painting a picture of a rainbow but can't remember all the colors to use. Luckily for them, Cat takes them to Color-ga-lore to meet King Kaleidoscope, an expert on rainbows! A musical number teaches them the proper color order, and a silly spray of water leads them to discover how to make their very own rainbow!
Educational Objective
A rainbow appears when sunlight shines on tiny droplets of water in the air. The colors of a rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, and they always appear in that order.
Follow the Prints
Follow the Prints

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are enjoying a backyard picnic when they discover their last strawberry has gone missing! Who could have taken it? Cat's friend Cluey Looey can help them! They are off to Muddyfeet Waterhole where they learn about how the differently shaped feet, paws, or hooves of various animals make differently shaped footprints. Back home, they follow the prints and discover their strawberry was taken by a squirrel! Luckily, the Cat has some more!
Educational Objective
All creatures leave some sort of print. The size and shape of a footprint match the size and shape of the creature's foot; in most cases, big animals leave big prints, little animals often leave little prints, and heavy animals leave deep prints.

Episode 117
A Long Winter's Nap
A Long Winter's Nap

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are so excited to go ice skating tomorrow, that they can't fall asleep! Cat's friend Boris the bear can help! Off they go to the Gleep-sneep Woods to learn how Boris gets ready to take his long winter's nap. Back at home, Nick and Sally follow Boris' advice, and follow their own bedtime routine to get ready for bed. With the help of a bedtime story from Cat, they quickly fall asleep.
Educational Objective
Black bears spend the winter months in a deep sleep. But first, they get ready by eating lots of food, going to the bathroom, and making themselves a soft place to sleep.
The Tree Doctor
The Tree Doctor

Synopsis:
Sally's little maple sapling hasn't grown any bigger! To discover why, the Cat in the Hat takes the kids to meet Dr. Twiggles. With the help of the tree doctor and his songs, Nick and Sally discover how trees "eat"; - through their leaves and roots. They also learn that trees grow verrrry slowly. A few more years and their maple sapling will grow into a maple tree!
Educational Objective
Trees suck up water and nutrients through their roots, and their leaves absorb sunlight to help the tree grow. From tiny seeds large trees grow, but they grow very slowly.

Episode 118
Incredible Journey
Incredible Journey

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are playing in their homemade Thingamajigger, when the Cat arrives to take them on a real adventure! Off they go to meet salmon Sam, who is returning to the pool where she hatched so she can lay her eggs. With the help of the Subber-e-blubber, they follow Samantha underwater, upriver on her incredible journey!
Educational Objective
When they are ready to lay eggs, salmon make a long journey upstream, against all odds, to return to the pool where they, themselves, were hatched.
Bamboozled
Bamboozled

Synopsis:
Sally needs to find a gift for her stuffed panda, Pammy. Who better to ask than a real panda? The Cat takes them to meet Zhu Zhu, a giant panda who helps the kids to discover all the wonderful things you can do with her favorite food, bamboo. Bamboo turns out to be a perfect gift for Pammy!
Educational Objective
Bamboo is an incredible plant (in fact, a type of grass) that can be used for many things, from food to flutes to furniture!

Episode 119
Thump
Thump

Synopsis:
Nick is trying to make his mother a surprise lunch, but she keeps coming into the kitchen! If only there was a way for him to know when she was coming. The Cat takes Nick and Sally to meet his friend Twitch the rabbit. Twitch and her bunnies teach Nick and Sally how to stop, look and listen for danger. Now Sally that can warn Nick when his mom is coming, they're able to surprise her with lunch!
Educational Objective
Rabbits sniff, look, and listen to detect danger, and warn each other by thumping their back paw on the ground
Squirreled Away
Squirreled Away

Synopsis:
Nick can't remember where he put his yoyo. Cat offers to take the kids to meet his friend Bucky the squirrel who is good at both hiding and finding things! Nick and Sally learn how to use landmarks to help them remember where they put things. Back at home Nick, thinking like Bucky, is able to track down his yoyo!
Educational Objective
Squirrels hide the food they need to make it through the winter, and find it later by using landmarks.

Episode 120
Finola's Farm
Finola's Farm

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are sittind down to breakfast but have run out of milk. The Cat arrives to take them to Finola's Farm to have breakfast with Finola. First they learn how to milk a cow, then they discover that cows' milk can be made into butter and cheese and best of all--ice cream!
Educational Objective
Cows' milk is good for drinking and also makes butter and cheese - and even ice cream.
Pick Your Friends
Pick Your Friends

Synopsis:
It's Valentine's Day and Nick and Sally disagree hotly on how to decorate the card they're making for the Cat. Does this mean they aren't really best friends? The Cat takes them to meet Sheldon, a tortoise who knows all about friendship. They learn that Sheldon's best friend is completely different from him and that being best friends doesn't mean you always have to agree.
Educational Objective
Two completely different animals - like the giant Galapagos tortoise and the Darwin finch - can coexist by helping each other. This kind of relationship is called symbiosis.

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