Focusing on persisting at a challenging task. "Zak and The Beanstalk" -- The Do-Re-Mi birds are gone, and Zak and Wheezie are afraid something bad has happened to them! A worried Sid Sycamore says that the birds have been kidnapped by Mungus the Giant. When Emmy, Max, Zak and Wheezie sneak into Mungus' castle and confront him, he confesses that he's not mean at all. He only took the birds because he loves their music. He agrees to let them go if the kids and dragons can teach him to make his own music. "Whole Lotta Maracas Goin On" -- Quetzal loves to make music with maracas but his set is broken, so the gang decides to make him a new pair for Teacher's Day. Emmy joins Cassie in pursuit of tricky Stickleback Sticks for the handles. Max teams up with Ord to get past some crabby pincher crabs to obtain beach gourds for the rattles. But Zak and Wheezie have the hardest task of all - they must coax some seeds from a boy and girl Songflower team who hold them "captive." "Up, Up and Away" -- The gang has a great time playing Pop the Bubbles until Ord accidentally flattens their bubble bucket. Ord and Max decide they don't need a bucket and dump Zak's entire package of bubble powder into a nearby puddle, which instantly erupts into a bubble geyser. Soon Ord is trapped inside a humongous bubble floating helplessly toward the sky! The gang tries several ways to pop it, but when they can't they tie a rope around it and pull it to the School in the Sky. "The Jumping Bean Express" -- Quetzal gives the gang some jumping beans to return safely to his brother. But on the way they accidentally drop the carrying case. When the cover opens, the hyperactive beans grab their suitcases, wave goodbye and make a mad dash for the forest. The kids chase the beans everywhere -- under bridges, between tree trunks and over streams. Frustrated and exhausted, the kids consider giving up, but all vow to complete the task Quetzal has given them no matter how difficult. "The Great White Cloud Whale" -- The kids and dragons spot Captain Scaliwag's pirate ship. He's searching for the Great White Cloud Whale, who's swallowed his favorite ship. When they see the whale swimming through the sky, they help Scaliwag use balloon bait to try to trap him between two mountain peaks. But the whale grabs the bait and pulls their ship instead. When the string snaps and he swims away, Emmy tells Scaliwag not to give up. The five adventures in Dragon Tales: Yes, We Can! are linked by four songs, "Stretch," "Hum," "Clap" and "Wiggle."
Strap on your dragon wings for Yes, We Can!
and you're in for a junior-level journey of empowerment by way of ingenuity: In each of these five episodes, Cassie and company put their scaly heads together for some serious preschool-level problem solving. "Zak and the Beanstalk" catches up with the gang in their kid gloves, the better for taming a curmudgeonly giant; "Up, Up and Away" gets them thinking outside the box and inside the bubble--one that's trapping Ord; and "Jumping Bean Express" leads us through a strategizing session that successfully slams the door on the getaway plans of two renegade critters. For a break in the brainstorming, switch over to the four-ditty Dragon Tune segment; series this beloved among the under-5 crowd rarely churn out songs so hummable. --Tammy La Gorce