Slow-motion and underwater photography are used in demonstrating how swimming students emulate the motins of the dolphin as they learn the dolphin kick, the accompanying body undulations and the butterfly arm action which combine to increase the power of the breast stroke. Educational author, Francis Dixon.
Hand puppets tell the story of a kind but poor husband and wife who are making their living as shoemakers. Two elves decide to help the couple and come to their home at night to make shoes for him to sell.
Marionettes are used to tell the story of a very vain King who orders a new suit for his parade. Two mice, one very clever, and one quite a dullard, plan to trick the king. They pretend to have some material that can’t be seen by anyone but those who are worthy of their office. The King and his Prime Ministers all pretend they can see the material rather than admit they are unfit for office.
Bash Kennett takes a trip to show the crude wooden tools used by the pioneer and tells the story of tools from the plow, combine and steam tractor to modern farm equipment. The use of primitive farm tools illustrates a way of life; with each improvement in tools came a change in the way of life of the settler and thus history is reflected in the tools farmers use. Songs include “Old Joe Clarke” and “I Know My Love.”
Bash takes a film expedition to a fish hatchery and shows the pools where fish are raised. She shows close-ups of a giant rainbow trout and goes with the hatchery truck to plant fish in the river. She walks down a stream to watch a boy fishing and then tells of the importance of natural wildlife in the past and today. Songs include “Irene” and “Long, Long Trail."
This is the old favorite, "The Three Bears," with a whimsical touch by Tom Tichenor. The Baby Bear always forgets to do what he is told to do. He has a terrible time remembering instructions given him by Mother Bear. When the Three Bears go for a walk Baby Bear forgets to lock the door. Goldilocks finds the door open, helps herself to the porridge, breaks Baby Bear's chair, and goes to sleep on his bed. When the Bear family returns, they find her asleep. Frightened by the Three Bears, Goldilocks runs away and Baby Bear promises never to forget again.
Hand puppets tell the story of a lonesome couple who want children. The wife decides to make some gingerbread and makes it in the shape of a little boy. When she takes him out of the oven he comes to life. The gingerbread boy runs away from his new home and meets a worker in the field who tries to catch him. The Gingerbread boy meets a wolf, who offers to let him ride on his back across the stream. The little boy sits first on the wolf's tail, then on his back, and finally on his head. The wolf quickly eats the Gingerbread boy.
Bash Kennett visits an old time grist mill, pointing out the huge water wheel used to turn the mill where wheat was ground into flour. She shows viewers the patterned mill stones and tells of activities in the days when settlers did everything form the planting of wheat to the baking of the bread. Songs include “Old Mill Stream” and “Waltzing Matilda.”
Dora and Fignewton Frog teach about different types of plant seeds including a milkweed, dandelion and maple seed along with a burr and how they travel and get planted. They ride wind currents and travel on a fox's fur until they find a place to land together.
Bash takes a film trip to the high mountains and shows the life of trees in the forest. She traces the progression of a seed packed tightly in a cone throughout the growth of a young tree struggling to get sun and sending its roots deep into the soil for water. Bash visits a juniper tree which is over a thousand years old and shows the marks of its struggle for survival. She shows how it adapted to changing conditions when necessary. Songs include “Billy Boy” and “Long, Long Trail.”
Form the earliest time men ventured out on the open seas, lighthouses have saved him from the dangers of the coast. In this program, staring with the ancient lighthouse, which was a fire built on a cliff, viewers learn about lighthouses all over the world. Bash Kennett takes a film trip to two lighthouses in this country, showing the powerful prism reflectors, radio equipment and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Songs include “The Eddystone Light” and “Hi Barbaree.”
Clouds are composed of water vapous. Mr. Robinson, a designer artist and illustrator uses the roll-around sketch board to illustrate Dora's story of the little man who always wanted to be able to dance on a cloud and how he finally did.
Fignewton Frog (puppet) and Dora (person) make rainbows, raindrops, and puppets out of household materials to perform a play called "The Little Rainbow" in the "Make-Do Theater." The play tells the story of why people think there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They then recommend books about weather that children can find at the library.
Bash Kennett describes the life of a logger, his forest chores and his camp evenings. She tells of the use of the axe in the conquest of the wilderness and discusses the Golden Age of Logging. Songs include “The Frozen Logger” and “Jam on Jerry’s Rocks.”
Some birds do not spend the winter in their northern homes. Dora shows how to make a simple bird puppet and then she and Fignewton Frog use the make-do theatre to tell the story of the bird who was too lazy to fly south and how he bought a fur coat to stay warm through the winter.
Tells the story of the Mayflower. Explains the preparations for the voyage and what the Puritans hoped to find in the New World. Describes the life of Pilgrims. Bash Kennett sings the songs "Three Blind Mice", "Pretty Saro", "Barbara Allen", "Do You Know The Muffin Man", "Wee Willie Winkie". Plays the lute as well as the guitar.
Rico, whose mother sews hats for a living takes some hats to the fair to be sold. On the way, he stops for lunch and two monkeys who have run away from the circus start to play with his hats. After trying unsuccessfully to get the hats away from them, Rico discovers that they will do anything he does. He recovers the hats and sells all his hats at the fair. When he learns that the circus parade can't be held until the two monkeys are found, he takes the circus manager to the tree where he saw them and the two monkeys follow Rico into a cage. Back to the fair go the monkeys for the circus parade and Rico gets two tickets for the Circus.
Visits Grand Teton National park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Discusses the life of the early French beaver trappers. Explains their methods of survival, and how they lived, traded, and fought with the Indians. Shows traps used by the early mountain men and demonstrates how they were set. Illustrates with film footage, dioramas, and photographs.
Host Dora (person) and Fignewtown Frog (puppet) narrate and perform a shadow theater shadow puppet show about a family of seahorses. While the mother seahorse is preparing for a teaparty, father seahorse takes the babies to the park in an old fashioned baby carriage. Father seahorse loses the children, only to finally find them hiding in the pocket in his belly. The hosts encourage viewers to seek out books about the seashore and sea life at the library.
Susie-Q forgets to look after the plants and fish in the classtoom just when the school open house is coming up. Brushy helps her get things in order and the visitors and teacher are very pleased. Thus Susie-Q learns the importance of working at school.
Beautifully costumed marionettes bring this original story by Tom Tichenor to life. It’s the tale of Princess Frumptious who is called "Frumpy" by her servants and people of the kingdom, because her hair is never combed, her apron never tied, her manners always rude. Youngsters will be intrigued with the manner in which she changes her habits and has her name changed to Princess Scrumptious.
The Princess is a loveable lion cub who laughs constantly. Her father, a lion with raised eyebrows, decrees that a reward will be given to the one who can make his daughter cry. Many try but finally Delilah Duck comes to try her luck. Soon the Princess is heard crying and Miss Duck explains that all she did was peel an onion. Delilah receives the reward and the King has a daughter who can now laugh and cry.
Bash begins with the story of the Puritans living in Holland, and their sorrow that their children are not growing up to speak English nor learning English customs. She tells of the elders’ trip to England, at the risk of imprisonment, to make arrangements for two ships to take them away. They plan to pay for them by cutting and shipping timber and furs back to England and sending fish back there. She tells of their voyages and their landing and their struggles with the Indians. Songs include “Lord Randall,” “Cookies and Mussels,” and “Wee Cooper of fife.”
Marionettes tell the story of a Prince who searches for a "real" princess to marry. One night when a storm was raging, a beautiful princess seeks shelter at his palace, she is disguised as a simple maiden. After dinner the Queen orders a room prepared for the maiden and puts twenty mattresses on the bed and a pea, a very small pea, on the bottom. The maiden discloses next morning that she was unable to sleep because the bed was so uncomfortable. The Queen and the Prince are convinced that she is a real princess and they arrange for the "Real" Princess and the Prince to be married immediately.
Trees grow from seeds; some deciduous trees grow very slowly. Dora Velleman and Fignewton Frog use the peep-show parade to tell the story of an impatient young seedling who learns that there are compensations to growing up slowly.
Bash takes a trip to the mountains to watch a man make shakes for roofs, in the same manner that shakes were made when the first house were settled. The method hasn’t changed, except for the use of power saws instead of chopping with an axe. The skakemaker fells an 85-foot sugarpine tree, then with wedges and saws, reduces it to shakes for roofing homes. He demonstrates how he uses the same tools which have been in use for hundreds of years, and how carefully he measures and splits the shakes to make even roofs. Songs include “Hush Little Baby” and “Knick Knack.”
A Tom Tichenor original story. Marionettes tell the story of a little bunny who never wants to stay home. When her mother leaves her to attend a meeting, Bunny throws a tantrum. Bunny has a dragon friend named Nogard, who comes to visit her when she has to stay at home. Nogard suggests that Bunny touch his wings so that she can fly, and they fly out of the window together. They visit a castle, and Bunny meets a Princess; they fly on to the Wild Wild Woods where they meet a skunk. Mr. Skunk tells Bunny that he would invite her to his home for dinner but he has nothing to eat. A wolf appears and frightens the skunk away and Bunny terrified hides in a tree trunk. She flies home after the wolf leaves, having learned her lesson… and resolves to always want to stay home.
In this program Bash describes how the Indians in our country learned to tan the hides of deer and buffalo into soft wearable skins, and how, later, the white settlers adapted their methods, using bark, ashes and knives to produce very serviceable leather. From here Bash shows the process in a modern factory and traces the many uses of leather. Songs include “Bye Baby Bunting,” “The Fox,” and “The Tailor and the Mouse.
Girls have skipping ropes, and boys use ropes to swing on, but they seldom know the story of the importance of rope, says Bash in this program. Bash takes children through the story from the early twisting of plants and vines into lengths, to the modern heavy duty ropes made from Abaca and hemp. She shows pictures of cutting and harvesting the Abaca plant in the Philippines Islands and tours a modern rope factory. She describes the famous rope walk of early rope makers, and the uses of rope by fishermen, sailors, farmers and construction workers. Songs include “Foggy Dew” and “Old Paint.”
This is the story of a king who offered a reward to anyone who could tell a story that never ends. Many try, but all fail. The King's herald, who is in love with the Princess, disguises himself as an old man and goes to the King to tell him a story that has no end hoping that his reward will be the hand of the Princess in marriage. His story lasts for over a month and finally the King decides that he doesn't like such long stories and grants him his wish to marry the Princess.
Fignewton Frog (puppet) and Dora (person) tell the story of "The Surpise Party" using felt cut-outs. In the story, flowers host a surprise party where they and all of their guests (others flowers and plants) will be surprised by having a family picture taken, as they are all related. Teaches flower and plant names. Dora and Fignewton recommend flower books that can be found at the library.
Hand puppets are used to tell the story of husband and wife who are visited by the Fairy Princess, disguised as an old woman. The husband and wife refuse to feed the Old Woman because their cupboard is bare and they are selfish. The Old Woman visits another peasant cottage, where a kinder husband and wife, beset by misfortune, offer to share their meager meal with the Old Woman.
Poindexter and his friends tells the story of the hare who boasts he can run faster than anyone. The tortoise, who is slow but sure, takes the challenge. Certain he can win, the hare takes a nap during the race and the tortoise wins.
Bash Kennett tells how the Indian boys practiced hunting and stalking the wild turkey and how thy used its feathers to fletch arrows, the spurs to tip them and the meat for feasts. She traces the development of the turkey and visits a modern turkey farm. Songs include “Three Crows” and “Three Ravens Sat on a Tree.”
Marionettes in beautiful costumes and settings, tell the story of Marushka who is sent to the mountain in the winter to bring first violets, than strawberries and finally apples to her mother and sister. On each trip Marushka meets Father January and the other eleven months, who make it possible for her to find the things she seeks. Her mother and sister are very greedy and decide to accompany her to the mountains to find more apples. They do not heed Father January's warning and turn into snow.
Hand puppets tell the story of a town named Gotham which was to be occupied by the Duke's army. The people of Gotham pretend to be very stupid, so the Duke will take his army away from their peaceful town. They are successful after playing many tricks on the Duke and his army.
Dragonflies catch flies and other insects by cupping their feet together under their chin to make a basket. By means of the peep-show parade, Dora and Fignewton Frog tell of Dennis Dragonfly, who sprained three of his feet and found it difficult to catch food for a while.
Fignewton Frog (puppet) and Dora (person) tell the story of Tommy Turtle, using diaramas. Tommy wants to stay awake for the winter and build a snowman, and ends up getting helped by another hibernating animal, a bear. Dora and Fignewton then recommend library books and a trip to the library.
Bash Kennett shows some of the things which fascinated children of other times, taking a trip to see some dolls, stereopticons, books and bicycles of early periods which grandfather may have enjoyed as a boy. Songs include “The Devil’s Nine Questions” and “This A’Way.”
This program deals with water pressure. Uncle Wonder shows the various experiments that water has weight and that water exerts pressure in all directions. He shows why there is more water pressure at the bottom of the lake or can of water than anywhere else. He also explains that dams are thicker at the bottom than at the top because they must hold back more pressure at the bottom.
In this program Uncle Wonder uses a gram scale and weighs the air in a basketball. He also shows that air has weight by balancing two balloons, one at each end of a stick, and breaking one of them, the other naturally falls to the table.
There are many familiar expressions which we use. Bash traces the story behind some of these back to pioneer life. After showing how the phrases developed, Bash sings “Goin Down the Road,” “Lo Backed Car,” “Old MacDonald,” “How Old Are You?” “One Morning in May,” and “Caribou Headstone.”