Between the Lions

Touching the Moon

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 4/11/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When Leona and Lionel sleep outside late one night, Leona gets to wondering about the moon and what its made of. She heads inside the Barnaby B. Busterfield III Public Library in the hopes of finding a book that will teach her more about the moon. She finds a book and Theo and Cleo find her, wondering what she and Lionel are doing out of bed. Leona shows them the story and Cleo agrees to read it to her. The story is The Queen Who Wanted to Touch the Moon, a Caribbean folktale by Hootie Kaboodle (actually an original story, written for the program by the show's writers.) The story features a queen whose desire to literally touch the moon turns out to be her downfall. Cleo thinks there's important lesson to be learned from the story, but Leona dislikes the story and wishes for an alternate ending. Segments throughout the episode focus on words featuring the double-o "oo" sound.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)

    • Girl: Mom, there's a talking potato with a hat on and no mouth. Mom: That's okay, dear. It's educational television. I'm sure it will help you in school... somehow.

    • Click: I am in sleep mode. Shouldn't you be, Lionel?

    • Leona: Lionel? Lionel: What?! Leona: If the moon is full, can it overflow? What's it made of? How far away is it? Lionel: I dunno. Uh... rock, far.

    Trivia (6)

    • Both the Sam Spud and the "Rocket Doodle Doo" music video segments seen in this episode are repeats of segments seen in the episode "The Lost Rock."

    • The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: Dr. Ruth reminds us that when see a long word, such as "toodle-oo," we don't have freak out. All we need to do is sound out the word slowly and we can say it.

    • Gawain's Word: "Sn" and "ooze" blend together at high-speed to make the word "snooze." They then sit down in the middle of the Blending Fields for a nap.

    • The new vocabulary words that children will learn from this episode are:
      cucumber, galaxy, lagoon, platoon, snooze, toodle-oo

    • The target vowel is the double "o" sound, such as in the word moon.

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