John Robbins' shows on PBS in the late mid-to-late '70s were some of my all-time favorite. Loving to both read and write for pleasure, Robbins' short televised shows on the local PBS affiliate, totally engaged and inspired me. Of all the shows we watched as children way back then, I remember more about Robbins' and the projects he was involved in as compared to the more typical programming. That's not to say I didn't love The Electric Company, original Sesame Street, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and more. I simply felt more connected to Robbins' content and teaching style. Really wish these wonderful programs would be compiled to DVD and offered for sale. I would love to have and re-watch them all!moreless
I first saw John Robbins on "The Word Shop" in the mid-seventies. Since then I have seen many of his fine educational programs throughout the seventies and eighties, always in awe of his drawing skills, illustrating the stories as they are being narrated to the viewer. Since then, I have come to the conclusion that without Mr. Robbins and the shows he has hosted, illustrated, and written, young people's interest in reading would be much much lower than it is today. Many of the kids who watched him in those days have grown up to pass on a love of reading to their children, who will pass it on to theirs, and so on. John Robbins will always be remembered as the host of these great shows, and as one of the best tv teachers of all time.moreless
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