Reading Rainbow is a children's series designed to promote reading comprehension in elementary school age children. Host LeVar Burton introduces the theme of the episode and the book to be profiled in an animated story using the illustrations from the book and narrated by a celebrity such as Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Richard Gere, and the late great stars Ossie Davis, Julia Child, Raul Julia and Gilda Radner for example. After the story is finished, feature stories in the same subject as the book are profiled and youth reviewers give critiques of three additional books. LeVar usually introduces the children critics by saying, "But you don't have to take my word for it."
This episode features the Arizona Game and Fish Department which is in Phoenix.
The main filming location of this episode was in Bismarck, North Dakota's Little Missouri National Grassland and Dakota Prairie National Grassland vicinities.
This is the only episode to introduce the most books (6).
Apparently no one credited anybody for the "livestock bus" animation used in this program.
This episode and the four to follow were all released in 1984, but all five episodes bear the "copyright" of a nonexistent Roman numeral 'MCMCXXXIV.' It should have read MCMLXXXIV.
LeVar's name is now capitalized as "LEVAR BURTON"
This was the first of three consecutive episodes whose copyright accidentally gave the Roman numeral for 1935.
People who can't digest milk, let alone drink it, are considered lactose intolerant.