Christmas movies have become my favorite quotables these days, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” happens to be at the top of that list. I can’t decide what I like best–the scene where a young George offers to get Mary the moon (“Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down”…”I’ll take it. Then what?”) or when a more mature George begs for his old life back (“Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me. Get me back to my wife and kids!”). The intense emotion and powerful drama of these moments is easy to get swept up away in. It not only makes for good television watching, but it puts the season in perspective. Maybe we just have George Bailey on the brain, and that’s why we can’t help but think that the new holiday episode of “WordGirl” is the perfect way of introducing a holiday movie classic to a new generation of viewers. In “A World Without WordGirl,” Becky wishes for a world without her superhero pal. But when Chuck turns into a king with unusual rules, she suddenly longs for the way things used to be. Sound familiar? Any kid who has tired of their own version of Bedford Falls will surely relate to this show. PBS Kids will be airing this special episode of “WorldGirl” on Friday, December 16. Check your local listings for times.
In a Nutshell: Whip up some hot chocolate, sit down with your favorite word sleuth and enjoy this George Bailey-inspired episode of “WordGirl.” And if you hear a bell ring, an angel may just get her wings (or, at least, an A on her vocab test).