"Elinor Wonders Why"
PBS KIDS to release new episodes of the animated series "Elinor Wonders Why" in March 15-18 in the U.S. "Elinor Wonders Why" centers on the adventures of Elinor and her pals, Ari, a funny and imaginative bat; and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant. As young viewers explore Animal Town along with Elinor, Ari and Olive, they’ll meet all kinds of interesting, funny, and quirky characters, each with a lesson to share about respecting others, the importance of diversity, caring for the environment and working together to solve problems.
Elinor models the foundational practices of science inquiry and engineering design in each episode, using her amazing powers of observation and willingness to ask questions. When she encounters something she doesn’t understand, she perseveres until she figures it out. In discovering the answers, Elinor often learns something about nature’s ingenious inventions and how they can relate to aspects of the designed world, as well as what it takes to live in a community.
"Butterfly Babies": The kids are observing butterflies and caterpillars when they realize that they’ve never seen a baby butterfly. They decide that they just need more observations and head off to investigate, but they still don’t find any baby butterflies.
"Elinor’s Circus": Elinor, Ari and Olive decide to put on a circus for all their friends. They each have acts that involve balancing, but unfortunately, they’re not great at it.
"Zig Zag Plant": A mystery is afoot at Elinor's school when one of the class plants grows in an unusual shape. Instead of growing straight up like the other plants, this plant is growing in a zig-zag pattern. Elinor and her friends investigate what could have happened to this plant to make it grow like that.
"Butterfly Drinks": Insect Day is coming up at school and Elinor couldn’t be more thrilled to finish her home-made butterfly costume. However, she quickly runs into a problem, because she can't drink anything when her hands are busy being the wings in her costume. Elinor sets out to solve the problem with her dad by learning how real butterflies drink.
"Frozen Fish": After the lake freezes over, Elinor and her friends wonder what happens to all of their fishy friends during the wintertime. After Ranger Rabbit cuts a hole in the ice to check on the fish, the kids gaze down through the thick ice and learn that the whole lake isn’t frozen after all.
"Pirate Treasure": While the kids are playing pirates in search of treasure, pirate Ari realizes that he forgot where he hid their treasure. But, no worries, because the kids are pirates, and pirates always figure it out.
"Burrowing Owl Girl": Elinor is very excited, because she’s visiting her grandparents in the desert. While out exploring with her grandmother, the always curious Elinor comes across a peculiar looking owl that is smaller than any other owl she's ever seen. Even more peculiar, this owl is out during the day.
"Olive’s Tree": Olive shows her friends her favorite tree in the forest. The next day, however, they’re sad to see that the tree has fallen over. The three little scientists set out to find out why, and soon learn that Olive’s tree has simply entered the final stage of its life cycle.