Between the Lions

It's Red! It's Green!/Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • "It's Red! It's Green!" Cleo presents Leona with a large bag to make a point. She asks Leona to lift it, but Leona says that the bag is too heavy. To help drive the point home, Cleo reads the story Red Hat Green Hat, retold by Ed Ledbetter. In the story, two friends named Upendo and Kendi argue over the color of a girl's hat, which actually is a different color on each side. They learn that you can't always believe what your eyes tell you. Eventually, Leona learns this lesson too. Segments throughout the story focus on words starting with the letter "r." "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" When Leona gets upset about some old, worn out books that are being thrown out, it reminds her of the events of a book -- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. In the story, by Simms Taback, Joseph has a worn out old overcoat, so he keeps making smaller and smaller garments out of it. When he finally loses the last button, he writes a book about it. The events of the story encourage Leona to become creative with the old books. Segments throughout the story focus on words starting with the letter "j", such as "jump," "jiggle," "jog" and "jacket."moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Linz

    Theodor "Theo" Lion

  • Fred Newman

    Himself / Golf Announcer

  • Chris Phillips

    Cliff Hanger

  • Anthony Asbury

    Lionel Lion

  • Kathryn Mullen

    Leona Lion

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Leona: Gee, mama. It makes me sad that we have to get rid of all those books. Cleo: Oh, me too, Leona, honey. But they are old, and worn, and falling apart, and there's nothing we can do to fix them.

    • Leona: Wow, balloons! Hey, no wonder the bag wasn't heavy.

    • Cleo: (reading 'Red Hat Green Hat') 'Kendi and Upendo had learned that things aren't always what they seem. Even when your eyes tell you you're right, you could be wrong.'

    Notes (1)

    • This is the second time Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is read. The first time is in "Two Coats, One Goat and One Boat".

    Trivia (1)

    • The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger spots a flying rug in a repeat of a previously aired adventure -- Adventure 73: Cliff Hanger and the Flying Rug.

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