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    • Stop That Chicken!
      Stop That Chicken!
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      5/4/01
      10
      Chicken Jane escapes from one of her books and ricochets around the library. Every so often, she writes her advice to characters in other books. GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Short o sound.
    • But, Mama, But ...
      But, Mama, But ...
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      4/26/01
      10
      Cleo is leaving the library to visit Aunt Priscilla and Uncle Otto, who have just had three new cubs. Leona, feeling that she's too big to miss her Mom, tries to accept what's happening. She finds, however, that she is in fact missing her Mom, though she communicates it through her stuffed animal, Lovey. Lionel and Theo also struggle with their feelings about this, as well as getting the library ready for their mother's absence. To ease everyone's feelings, Cleo reads I Miss You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt; illustrated by Cyd Moore.moreless
    • Oh, Yes, It Can!
      Oh, Yes, It Can!
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      4/17/01
      10
      A storyteller visits the library one day, and tells an old story about a Yammering Yam and how it led to a whole series of unbelievable (but true) events for a farmer, a fisherman, and king.
    • Rats
      Rats
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      4/30/01
      10
      After someone calls Leona a nasty name on the playground, a friend of the Lions', named Frank, tells a story about Rats, which shows that bad names can hurt just as much as sticks and stones.
    • Zoop! Zoop!
      Zoop! Zoop!
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      4/6/01
      10
      The story of Abiyoyo terrifies Leona, and it takes some cleverness on the part of her mother to help Leona beat her fear.
    • The Golden Meaty Awards
      The Golden Meaty Awards
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      5/16/05
      10
    • Dreaming Shakespeare
      Dreaming Shakespeare
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      4/27/01
      10
      It's Shakespeare Day at the Library. Fanfares, flowery language and period costumes are the order of the day (Cleo is dressed as the female star of Antony and Cleopatra). A method actor is unable to play Romeo and Juliet because Juliet is sick. Maybe an exasperated hen can fill in.
    • Tweet! Tweet!
      Tweet! Tweet!
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      5/1/01
      10
      An intriguing theory from the book Bone Poems has got the cubs and pigeons thinking: Are birds the descendants of dinosaurs? Walter and Clay Pigeon take that prospect to an extreme. GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Double-e sound.
    • Five, Six, and Thistle Sticks
      Five, Six, and Thistle Sticks
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      4/18/01
      10
      Lionel's friend, Lenny - a fellow "Cliffhanger" aficianado - comes for a visit, after having since moved away. When he arrives at the library, however, Lionel finds out that Lenny doesn't like "Cliffhanger" anymore. That instead, he has taken a liking to a similar book hero, "Justin Time"! Can Lionel and Lenny still be friends, even if they don't like the same things?moreless
    • The Spider and the Lie
      The Spider and the Lie
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      4/24/01
      9.9
      Lionel writes a crime story, which involves Leona, a slippery character named Monkey C. Monkeydew, a missing library card, and a spider. Viewers learn about genres of fictional stories, as well as about words featuring the long "i" sound. As Lionel's story unfolds, Leona encounters a monkey who wishes to check out a book, but doesn't have a library card. He swears to return the book the next day, with a spider as his witness. When the next day comes, however, he denies everything, and the case goes to court, with Click the Mouse presiding.moreless
    • Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-Boom!
      4/25/01
      9.9
      Theo wants to teach the cubs a lesson, which he finds in a book of concatenations called Because a Little Bug Went KA-CHOO! What Theo doesn't know is that, by pulling that book from the middle of a pile, a pen dropped to the floor, setting off a concatenation in the library. It culminates with a hot-air balloon's bursting.moreless
    • Pebble Trouble
      Pebble Trouble
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      4/16/01
      9.8
      Featuring the book "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble", in which a young donkey boy discovers a magic pebble in the woods, and somehow wishes himself to be a rock. His parents spend many months out looking for him, and eventually find him as the rock, and unknowingly transform him back into his old self!moreless
    • Icarus's Wings
      Icarus's Wings
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      4/5/01
      9.7
      The story of Icarus, the boy who made wax wings and flew too close to the sun, inspires Barnaby B. Busterfield to follow his dream of...flying! With help from Walter and Clay, of course.
    • The Chess Mess
      The Chess Mess
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      5/3/01
      9.7
      It's Alice Day at the library, and everyone is very involved in a page from Through the Looking Glass. Theo, a former whiz at chess, accepts Click's challenge to play a few matches. GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Short e sound.
    • The Sad Dad
      The Sad Dad
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      4/2/01
      9.7
      Bruno Kirby plays a Dad whose house is overrun by kids: "There's hardly enough room to put on pants!" he complains. Fed up with all this overcrowding, he decides to seek the advice of an old wise woman in town - who only adds to the problem!
    • Teacher's Pet
      Teacher's Pet
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      4/12/01
      9.7
      Cleo catches the "I-Can't-Hear-or-Smell-or-Tell-if-Someone's-Sneaking-Up-On-Me" Flu, right before she's scheduled to go and visit her old teacher.
    • The Last Cliff Hanger
      The Last Cliff Hanger
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      4/13/01
      9.7
      Lionel is shocked and appalled when the author of the Cliff Hanger stories releases an adventure titled The Last Cliff Hanger. Designated the final installment, the story sees Cliff Hanger escaping using water from a whale's blowhole and leading a comfortable life on a beach. He decides to do something about the problem and has Click drag him and Leona into the story to talk to Cliff Hanger. He learns, however, that it's only the author that can make the decision. And Cliff himself hopes there will be more stories, as he's desperately bored with his new beach life! Meanwhile, the chorus from the stories takes up residence in the library and drives Theo and Cleo to distraction with increasingly annoying songs about everyday objects, all set to the same tune as the songs from the Cliff Hanger stories.moreless
    • Good Night, Knight
      Good Night, Knight
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      5/2/01
      9.6
      A famous marionette team is preparing to tell the story of Orlando Furioso and his battle to rescue Angelica from the curse of Fallerina. It's a story Leona knows by heart, and she has more than a loving desire to see this play.
    • A Peck of Peppers
      A Peck of Peppers
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      4/28/00
      9.6
      Babs Caplan comes to the library to create a fantastic tongue twister, with some help from the Lions. Then, Babs and Leona go head-to-head with the master of all Tongue Twisters, Lionel.
    • The Good Seed
      The Good Seed
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      4/4/01
      9.5
      Click the Mouse gets a computer virus that turns everything in the library into a total disaster area!
    • Humph! Humph! Humph!
      Humph! Humph! Humph!
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      4/3/01
      9.5
      Lionel's friend, Gus, gets annoyed when Leona asks him to be her designated reader for the day -- because he can't read.
    • A King and His Hawk
      A King and His Hawk
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      5/5/00
      9.4
      Lionel and Leona read a very sad story about a King and his friend, the Hawk. After, Leona wants to take and hide the book where no will be able to find it, so they can't read it and be sad like she was. Also, Theo sings about the greatness of reading sad, sad books.moreless
    • Quest, Quest, Quest!
      Quest, Quest, Quest!
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      4/23/01
      9.4
      Babs Caplan is back with a new story, The Quest for the Chest. And once again, she doesn't get it right. Originally, there is no action in the story. GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Short E sound.
    • You Can't Catch Me!
      You Can't Catch Me!
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/14/02
      9.3
      Leona is excited to receive a birthday present from Lionel before her party --- a copy of The Gingerbread Man, by Pat Hatchman. She immediately becomes engrossed in the story, but is depressed by the ending. When it comes time for her big party, she's sad and doesn't want to celebrate.moreless
    • Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?
      Fuzzy Wuzzy, Wuzzy?
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      4/13/00
      9.3
      When Leona wants Lionel to read her The Fuzzy Fuzzy Wuzzy Book, illustrated by Buffy Huckabuck (a fictional illustrator), he agrees to do so only reluctantly as he considers it a "baby book." To his great consternation, the Fuzzy Wuzzy bear character emerges from the book and the entire library is swept up in a sort of mania as they all chant the rhyme from the book. Only Lionel seems unaffected and desperately seeks somewhere quiet where he can get away from the rhyme. Even the normally curmudgeonly Barnaby B. "Don't Call me Buster" Busterfield III admits to having been a long-time fan of Fuzzy Wuzzy and his story. Lionel is worried he'll never escape the madness, but he ends up learning something surprised. Segments throughout the episode focus on rhyming, as well as on the short u "uh" sound.moreless
    • Poetry Day
      Poetry Day
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      4/10/01
      9.3
      It's Alice day in the library, which means everything has something to do with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", and the backward logic of the looking glass. Calloo Callay!
    • Dear Mr. Blueberry & I Wanna Iguana
      10/15/07
      9.2
      "Dear Mr. Blueberry" Leona is excited when he receives a letter from a character in a book named Emily. The letter directs him and Leona to the book, a picture book called Dear Mr. Blueberry, written and illustrated by Simon James. Both enjoy the story, which is about a little girl who believes a blue whale has taken up residence in her home's swimming pool and writes letters to her teacher about it. When they come upon somebody called Mr. Blueberry within the library, they think they've met the character from the book. "I Wanna Iguana" Lionel shares with Leona a picture book he just read that he found inspiring, I Wanna Igauna, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by David Catrow. The story features a boy who coresponds by letter back-and-forth with his mother until she finally agrees to let him have an iguana as a pet. The story gives Lionel the idea to write Cleo a letter asking for something he's always wanted, a helicopter. Both stories focus on teaching viewers about letters as a form of correspondence throughout the various segments.moreless
    • Be Bop
      Be Bop
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      5/12/00
      9.2
      The jazzy, rhythmic sounds of Be Bop make their way into the library one day, and soon everyone is singing nonsensical Be Bop tunes -- everyone except Barnaby B. Busterfield III, who claims he just doesn't get this Be Bop thing!
    • Farmer Ken's Puzzle
      Farmer Ken's Puzzle
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      4/6/00
      9.2
      Lionel plays a computer game that requires him to solve a logic puzzle. Leona wants to join in as well, but he redirects her to more "age-appropriate" play, telling her that the box says the game is for ages 7 and up, not 4 and down. She decides to put on a puppet show. As Leona enjoys her show, Lionel struggles with the puzzle. The two library pigeons try to help him out, but their ideas only seem to hinder his progress. As they question the difficultly-level of the puzzle, Leona surprises them all. Meanwhile, Dr. Nitwhite comes up with what he believes are amazing discoveries. Theo and Cleo show him that his discoveries aren't all that they think they are.moreless
    • Clickety-Clack, Clickety-Clack!
      Clickety-Clack, Clickety-Clack!
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      4/9/01
      9.1
      Theo "borrows" the typewriter from the book "Click-Clack Moo!", and has a hard time letting it go when the cows want it back.
    • The Roar That Makes Them Run
      The Roar That Makes Them Run
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      5/8/00
      9.1
      Lionel and Leona visit a website about wild animals. This website teaches them that lions have a mighty roar --- a "roar that makes them run." Realizing that they have never heard their father Theo's roar before, they beg to hear it, but Theo cautions that it's not suited for a library. He demonstrates a number of other roars, but Lionel and Leona are not satisfying. They being to worry that their father does not have a mighty roar, or worse, isn't even a lion at all.moreless
    • Sausage Nose
      Sausage Nose
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      5/1/00
      9.1
      The Lions watch a video of a foreign film called "Sausage Nose", in which a poor couple receives three wishes from a wise old woman. Somehow, a sausage gets wished onto the wife's nose, and from there, the characters from the film come to the library looking for advice on what to spend their last wish on.moreless
    • The Fox and the Crow
      The Fox and the Crow
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      5/10/00
      9.1
      When "The Fox and the Crow" fable is read in the library, Walter and Clay get angry over the way the crow was depicted as a "bird brain", and then protest to have the story banned! The Lions come up with a less extreme approach, and suggest that they re-write the story to make the crow the one who comes out on top.moreless
    • Hug, Hug, Hug!
      Hug, Hug, Hug!
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      4/26/00
      9.0
      A sculpter named Pygmalion carves a statue of a woman, falls in love with her, and gives her a hug - only she can't hug him back. The Lions then try to help find ways for the statue to hug Pygmalion.
    • Red Hat, Green Hat
      Red Hat, Green Hat
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      5/2/00
      9.0
      Leona makes her very own hat, with one red side and one green side. When she walks through the library with it on, one group of people see the green side, and the other group sees the red side, causing a great big argument among everyone!
    • The Popcorn Popper
      The Popcorn Popper
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      4/23/00
      9.0
      Lionel and Leona read a book about a popcorn popper, and get the idea to take the popper out of the book and into the library, so they can pop all the popcorn they want.
    • Earl's Too Cool/When I Was 5
    • Bobby the Hopping Robot
      Bobby the Hopping Robot
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      4/11/01
      9.0
      Lionel's new toy, a hopping robot named Bobby, is a real tough job to put together. Lionel, Theo, Cleo, and just about everybody has a try at assembling the robot correctly -- but it still doesn't work! Who could've guessed Leona would come up with the solution!
    • Little Big Mouse
      Little Big Mouse
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      4/5/00
      8.9
      While going through some old books with Click, Theo comes across The Lion and the Mouse, a traditional fable by Aesop. Everyone is impressed by the heroics of the little mouse, who manages to save a large lion from a net. The cubs Lionel and Leona decide to start a fan club for the little mouse, but don't realize that their own little mouse, Click, is feeling unappreciated. Segments throughout the episode focus on words with the short "i" sound.moreless
    • The Hopping Hen
      The Hopping Hen
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      4/9/00
      8.9
      When a plumbing emergency ties up Theo and Cleo, they ask Lionel and Leona to post some signs that just arrived from the printer all over the library. When the cubs examine the signs, they're shocked and surprised as the rules on the signs are very weird. The bizarre rules include "hopping hen here," "bare feet in the computer room" and "breaking bricks permitted," among others. The two dutifully post the signs and soon find things out of control in the library. It's like a wild party, and it seems like there are really no rules. When Theo and Cleo see what's happening, they read the signs and realize that the printer forgot the "nos" that go before each of the rules. The deliveryman shows up and reveals that the package with the "nos" actually fell out of the shipment. With those in place, things are set straight. Segments throughout the episode focus on rules, the vowel sound short "e," and the show's general antics.moreless
    • The Lucky Duck
      The Lucky Duck
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      5/3/00
      8.9
      When Theo and Cleo hold a meeting of the library's New Books Committee, they come upon a book titled The Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Duck. Lionel is appalled by the overly cute appearance of the duck and it turns out the duck isn't happy about being so cute either. He's bored with being fawned over all the time and longs to be a duck with attitude. Lionel understands how he feels, though Leona, Theo and Cleo prefer him to be cute. Lionel comes up with a plan to help the duck lose its cute nature. When his first attempt fails, he thinks and comes up with an even better idea. Segments throughout the episode focus on words with the "uh" sound. The episode also touches on words that sound like vowel sounds.moreless
    • Bug Beard
      Bug Beard
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      4/19/01
      8.9
      In the story "Bug Beard", a woodcutter brings home a grubby, buggy old man he finds in the woods. His wife is not amused by the buggy old man, and so she sets about trying to clean him up. When the buggy man is finally all cleaned up, it turns out he just isn't his happy, dancing, singing old self. Can the Lions help?moreless
    • The Lost Rock
      The Lost Rock
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      4/4/00
      8.8
      A lost rock mysteriously appears in the library, and he can't remember who he is or where he comes from. The lions then decide to set out and search for clues as to what book the rock belongs in. Along the way, they watch a video titled Rocket Doodle Doo which features words that the rock had mentioned when describing the surroundings of his "home." Segments throughout the episode focus on words with the short "o" and "a" sounds.moreless
    • Piggyback, Piggyback
      Piggyback, Piggyback
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      5/9/00
      8.8
      After reading a book about a king who rode on his friend's back (because he didn't want to get his feet dirty), Leona wants to do the same. So she hops on her dad's back, and doesn't want to let go!
    • Something Fishy
      Something Fishy
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      4/25/00
      8.8
      Lionel is excited when a package arrives at the library containing several new books, including the next adventure in the Cliff Hanger series. Normally, Leona shies away from this series because she finds it derivative and predictable. She's excited about this newest adventure, which contains an eagle. Leona hopes to soar like an eagle and learns something about eagles from the book that she never knew before.moreless
    • Making Bread & Cheesybreadville
      Making Bread & Cheesybreadville
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      11/19/07
      8.8
      The lions experiment with baking bread.
    • The Ram in the Pepper Patch
      The Ram in the Pepper Patch
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      4/27/00
      8.8
      The naughty ram from the book "The Ram in the Pepper Patch" escapes into the library, where he proceeds to make a mess out of everything!
    • The Old Man
      The Old Man
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      5/4/00
      8.7
      Babs Caplan returns to the library to work on her new book called "The Old Man". Unfortunately, it has no middle or end to it! But with the Lions' help, Babs just might be able to rescue her masterpiece after all.
    • Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West
      Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      4/3/00
      8.7
      Theo reads the cubs a book about the wild adventures of Pecos Bill, specifically about the time ol' Bill wrangled a tornado. When the tornado escapes from the book, however, and wreaks havoc inside the library, the lions realize there's only one person who can tame that tornado: Pecos Bill, himself!moreless
    • Violet's Music & What Instrument Does Alvin Play?
      10/22/07
      8.6
      "Violet's Music" Lionel is inside the library singing and playing the drums. Cleo manages to stop him long enough for her to read the story Violet's Music, written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. The story is about a little girl who plays music all her life and searches for other kids who enjoy it as much she does. After hearing the story, Lionel decides to start a band, which Cleo suggests he conduct from the roof of the library. "What Instrument Does Alvin Play?" Leona wants to play an instrument and therefore is looking over some with Theo. She likes the look of both the saxophone and the violin, but she really isn't sure which instrument to choose. Theo reads the story What Instrument Does Alvin Play?, an original story. When Leona learns just what instrument it is that Alvin plays, she wants to play that instrument too. At the end of the show, she, Lionel and the band briefly play the Cliff Hanger theme.moreless
    • There's a Fly in My Soup
      There's a Fly in My Soup
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      4/20/00
      8.5
      The Lions try to make Click laugh by reading jokes out of Theo's "The Universal Encyclopedia of Fly Jokes" book, only to find out from Click that computer pointing devices are not programmed for laughter. Can anything make her laugh?
    • The Chap With Caps
      The Chap With Caps
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      4/18/00
      8.5
      Famous author Babs Caplan pays a visit to the library in the hopes of getting down to work on her new picture book. She's hoping that a change of atmosphere and a lucky cap will help, but seems to have come down with a case of moody writer's block. Her story, The Chap with Caps, starts off well enough, but she seems to have trouble getting it to go anywhere. Theo, Cleo and the cubs offer to act as a sounding board and help keep the writing process going. Segments throughout the episode focus on words with the short "a" sound and, in particular, ones with "ap."moreless
    • Giants and Cubs
      Giants and Cubs
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      5/11/00
      8.4
      Lionel gets upset over the outcome of a baseball game, where the Giants clobbered the Cubs. Theo and Cleo decide it would be a good idea to bring the Giants into the library, for Lionel to meet them. But when Leona hears about the idea, she thinks they mean the big "Fee Fi Fo Fum" Giants!moreless
    • The Problem with Chickens & An Egg is Quiet
      9/17/07
      8.4
      "The Problem with Chickens" When Lionel and Leona spot a chicken in the library, it turns out to have popped out of a book. The chicken came from the book The Problem with Chickens, written by Bruce McMillan and illustrated by Gunnella. The story is about a group of women in a village who got some chickens who started imitating their behavior. "An Egg is Quiet" When Lionel discovers an egg in the library, he's eager to find out what it will hatch into. Cleo reads him and Leona a book called An Egg is Quiet, written by Diana Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long that describes all kinds of eggs. Later on, Lionel and Leona learn the surprising truth about the contents of the egg. Also featured is the short story Baby Chick by Aileen Fisher. Segments throughout the episode discuss eggs, as well as words for describing sounds, such as noisy, loud and quiet.moreless
    • Spicy Hot Colors & Yesterday I Had the Blues
      9/24/07
      8.4
      "Spicy Hot Colors" Cleo has a special surprise for her cubs, a piñata! It's very colorful and full of tasty meaty treats. She also reads them the book Spicy Hot Colors, written by Sherry Shahan and illustrated by Paula Barragán. The cubs enjoy the piñata, but find it difficult to break open. "Yesterday I Had the Blues" When a huge rainstorm starts up outside the library, it evokes various emotions. Lionel has the "reds" because he can't make his soccer game. Leona, however, is enjoying books and has the "pinks." Theo reads everyone a book called Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Everyone agrees that the story, about a little girl who explores various moods, makes them feel golden. Segments throughout the first story focus on words starting with the letter 'c' and color words. Words describing feelings are explored in the second story.moreless
    • The Three-Legged Pot & When Jabo Jammed
      11/5/07
      8.4
      "The Three-Legged Pot" The story opens with Cliff Hanger, who reads this episode's tale. The story is The Three-Legged Pot, retold by Pilar Polanco and illustrated by Pablo Paz. "When Jabo Jammed" Fred Newman tells the story of when Jabo jammed. It's about a jazzman named Jabo learned that extraordinary can sneak up on you. The cubs learn that they too can do extraodinary things. Segments focus on both music and words starting with the letter "j."moreless
    • Touching the Moon
      Touching the Moon
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      4/11/00
      8.3
      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
    • To the Ship! To the Ship!
      To the Ship! To the Ship!
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      4/16/00
      8.3
      When Dr. Nitwhite makes a "discovery" that the word lip is the only word in the English language to end with the "ip" sound, he astounded upon hearing the title of the new book that Lionel is reading -- The Adventures of Mississippi Skip and His Pirate Ship, by Ipswich Clipspringer the Fourth (a fictional author.) As Nitwhite runs off to do some fine-tuning, Lionel heads off to read his book. He and Leona, as well Walter and Clay Pigeon are captivated by the tale, about a pirate captain and his crew who finds buried treasure. Lionel is inspired to play a game of pirates, but doesn't allow Leona and Clay Pigeon to play because there were never any girl pirates. He learns something new, however, when Theo shows up with a book called The Life of Anne Bonney and an honest-to-goodness female pirate comes swashbuckling out of the book.moreless
    • Pandora's Box
      Pandora's Box
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      4/19/00
      8.3
      After reading the story "Pandora's Box", Lionel and Leona come across a similar-looking box, themselves, and wonder if they should open it or not. Apparently ignoring the moral of the story, they open it, and unleash a terrible thing to all the library patrons: Hiccups!
    • Lionel's Antlers
      Lionel's Antlers
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      4/14/00
      8.3
      Lionel wakes up one morning to a shock-- he's grown antlers on his head! Though he's sure he's become some kind of a mutant, his family doesn't seem to think it's that big a deal. To try to help him feel better, Cleo reads the book Imogene's Antlers, written and illustrated by David Small. The book is about a little girl, who like Lionel, woke up one morning with antlers on her head. Later, the family comes up with a play in the hopes of cheering up Lionel. Segments through the episode focus on words with the short "a" sound.moreless
    • Lionel's Great Escape Trick
      Lionel's Great Escape Trick
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      4/20/00
      8.3
      Lionel gets a few pointers on the technique of doing magic tricks, from the master magician Harry Houdini, himself. When he locks himself in the closet for his act, though, Leona fears that he's stuck in there, so she asks Click to come up with some magic words in order to get her brother out of the closet.moreless
    • The Boy Who Cried Wolf
      The Boy Who Cried Wolf
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      4/12/00
      8.3
      When Cleo begins reading the story The Boy Who Cried Wolf to Lionel and Leona, they decide he could use some help with his big job, so they have Click bring him out of the book to learn more about sheep. They find some great books about taking care of sheep at the library, and the boy learns what to do if his flock his threatened. The power, however, goes to his head. Words with an "ig" sound are portrayed in various sketches throughout the episode.moreless
    • Trains and Brains and Rainy Plains
      Trains and Brains and Rainy Plains
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      4/20/01
      8.2
      Lionel gets a brainstorm after he hears Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. What if he and Leona ride a train through the plain of the book?
    • Bear Snores On & Night in the Country
      10/1/07
      8.2
      "Bear Snores On" Cleo travels into a picture book for a live report, then reads the story out loud. The story is Bear Snores On, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. It tells the tale of a party held by several animals in the den of a hibernating bear. The story provides inspiration for a nighttime party right there at the library. "Night in the Country" The party was fun, but Click has been given the duty of babysitting and she's determined to get the cubs to sleep. To help, she reads the story Night in the Country, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Mary Szilagui. It only manages to tire the cubs a little and they still want to stay up. Click resorts to some creative tactics to try to get them dozing.moreless
    • Charlie's Dinosaur & Here Come the Aliens
      11/12/07
      8.0
      "Charlie's Dinosaur" Everyone at the library is excited by the Touch a Dinosaur program. As Lionel and Leona speculate as to just what sort of dinosaur it could be, Theo announces that he'd like to read a book. He readsCharlie's Dinosaur, an original story by Sarah Durkee (one of the show's writers), in which a boy presents a bird as his dinosaur project. Birds are said to be direct descendants of dinosaurs. Skits throughout the story focus on synonyms of the word "big." "Here Come the Aliens" Lionel is excited by aliens, but Leona isn't so sure. Lionel reads her a funny story called Here Come the Aliens, written and illustrated by Colin McNaughton. The story focuses on various types of aliens and just how different they are from us. Skits throughout the story focus on words starting with the letter "q."moreless
    • How to Be a Good Dog & Not Afraid of Dogs
      10/8/07
      8.0
      "How to Be a Good Dog"

      Theo reads the story How to Be a Good Dog, written and illustrated by Gail Page, to Lionel. In the story, a dog named Bobo gets tips from Cat on how to be on his best behavior for his owner, Mrs. Birdhead. Lionel is inspired by the story to try to train his sister, Leona, but with less than stellar results. Various segments teach the "oo" sound.

      "Not Afraid of Dogs"

      Cleo reads Leona the story Not Afraid of Dogs, written by Susanna Pitzer and illustrated by Larry Day. In the story, a boy named Daniel insists he's not frightened of dogs, but steers clear when a dog is brought into his home. The story helps Leona to learn about getting over fears, and after all -- what could be so scary at a library? Segments teach synonyms for the word "afraid."moreless
    • Shooting Stars
      Shooting Stars
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      4/7/00
      7.8
      The lions are trying to spend a night awake so that they can observe a rare astronomical phenomenon -- a heavy meteor shower. After reading a poem about it, they're excited for it, but they have trouble staying awake. Lions need a good, solid 22 hours of sleep and it seems like they may drift off to dreamland, no matter how hard the try. In an attempt to try to keep everyone awake, Leona creates her own poem based on the idea she originally had of what they were going to see -- a "meat shower." Segments throughout the episode focus on words with the "ar" sound.moreless
    • Moon Rope & Welcome to the Moon
      Moon Rope & Welcome to the Moon
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      10/29/07
      7.3
      "Moon Rope" Theo reads the cubs the story Moon Rope, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. In the story, a fox gets the idea to travel to the moon using a rope and tries to get his friend mole in on the plan. Leona likes the story so much that she too wants to try this method of transit. "Welcome to the Moon" Lionel and Leona view an online picture book called First Girls on the Moon. In the story, a girl and her friend Katie decide that they want to be the first girls on the moon, since only men have ever been there before. Along the way, readers learn various facts about the moon, such as that it is 225,000 miles away from the Earth. Later on, Leona is excited by a book titled All About Kangaroos.moreless
    • The Coyote and the Rabbit/ The Gingerbread Man
      6/12/06
      7.0
      In "The Coyote and the Rabbit," Lionel and Leona are playing hide-and-seek, but Leona's nose keeps on finding him. Can Lionel uses his brain to outsmart Leona's nose? In "The Gingerbread Man," Leona is trying to catch Lionel, but she isn't able to. Can Leona come up with a plan to finally catch her brother?moreless
    • Stop That Pickle!
      Stop That Pickle!
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Stop That Pickle!
    • Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash / Knuffle Bunny
      "Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash" Theo reads Leona the story Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash, written by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, about a woman who hangs up everything in sight on her clothesline, not just clothes. The story gives Leona an idea. Segments throughout the story focus on words with the "ir" and "er" sounds. "Knuffle Bunny" The way Leona loves her bunny, Lovey, reminds Theo of a story about another bunny. He reads her Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. In the story, a little girl loses her stuffed bunny at the laundromat. Segments throughout the story focus on words with the "uh" sound. This story also features poem "Ode to a Washing Machine" by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.moreless
    • Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!/The Three Little Pigs
      4/18/05
      0.0
      Theo and Leona don pig snouts for another reading of Pigs Apelnty, Pigs Galore first read in the episode "Pigs Aplenty." Midway into the show, Lionel dons three pig snouts as he reads to Leona The Three Little Pigs, heard previously in the episode "Huff and Puff."
    • The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country!
      4/21/11
      0.0
      The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country!
    • Yo! Yes? / Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal
      "Yo! Yes?"

      Lionel reads Leona the book Yo! Yes?, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. In the book, two boys make friends using sentences of no more than two to three words.

      Segments throughout the story focus on short sentences and words starting with the letter "y."

      "Very Loud, Very Big, Very Metal"

      To show Lionel how much she appreciates him, Leona finds Lionel a music video. The music video is one he really enjoys, about loud, big and metal things such as construction sites. Later, to thank her, Lionel shows her a book about birds.

      Segments focus on words starting with the letter "v."moreless
    • The Carrot Seed/The Empty Pot
      The Carrot Seed/The Empty Pot
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      4/25/05
      0.0
      Reminiscing about things that happened in previous episodes, Theo and Lionel marvel at a beautiful flower grown by Cleo. It took a long time to grow, but it turned out. Theo's allergic to the flower, but he still reads The Carrot Seed (written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson) in honor of it. Later on, Theo accidentally breaks the flower pot due to a sneezing fit. Lionel is worried about Cleo will think. Theo, however, reads The Empty Pot (written and illustrated by Demi) to calm his nerves.moreless
    • Hay Day
      Hay Day
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/16/02
      0.0
      Can Lionel, Leona, and Gus help a girl named Fay turn hay into gold in just one day?
    • Help!
      Help!
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/4/02
      0.0
      The search for a lost book helps Theo and Cleo teach the cubs about responsibility.
    • The Goat in the Coat
      The Goat in the Coat
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/11/02
      0.0
      Lionel's copy of a very rare Cliff Hanger book is missing! Did Gus take it? Guest Starring Dan Elias, Melissa Etheridge, and Kelly Ripa.
    • I'll Fix Anthony / Jamaica Louise James
      "I'll Fix Anthony" When Leona comes up to the circulation desk grumbling "I'll fix him," Theo thinks he can help her with her problem by reading the book I'll Fix Anthony, written by Judith Viorst, with illustrations by Arnold Lobel. In the story, a boy is bothered by his mean brother, Anthony, but swears that he'll "fix" him when he gets older. Leona, however, doesn't want to fix her brother, Lionel. She just wants to fix her jack-in-the-box, Herman. Segments throughout the story focus on words ending with the letter "x." "Jamaica Louise James" Leona is having a lot of fun with her jack-in-the-box when Theo appears with a story that he's sure both Leona and Herman will like. The story is Jamaica Louise James, written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Sheila White Samton. In the story, a creative boy paints the area subway. This inspires Leona to decorate the library, and even draw a picture for her brother, Lionel.moreless
    • Dance in Smarty Pants
      Dance in Smarty Pants
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      9/19/03
      0.0
      A new dance craze emerged from a fourth-rate act to capture everyone's attention. Ooh, ah, dance insmarty pants. Lionel, feisty as always, wants to show Theo and Cleo these new dance steps.
    • Click, Clack, Moo/The Little Red Hen
      5/23/05
      0.0
      Built from material first seen in Clickety-clack, Clickety-clack! (from Season 2) and Help! (from Season 3).
    • Grow, Mane, Grow!
      Grow, Mane, Grow!
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/16/03
      0.0
      Lionel is still a growing cub, but he'll do anything to grow a grown-up mane like his dad's!
    • Treats!
      Treats!
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/18/02
      0.0
      An advertising Dream Team - creators of the Lions' favorite "Wheaty Meat Treats" spot - is hired to create a commercial for the library. But it seems the team needs a little help.
    • Out in Outer Space
      Out in Outer Space
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      10/28/02
      0.0
      Grandpa Lion visits the library to tell the cubs a true story about a friend who traveled out in outer space.
    • Chicks and Salsa
      Chicks and Salsa
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Chicks and Salsa
    • It's Red! It's Green!/Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
      "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 storyRed 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
    • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble/I Miss You, Stinky Face
    • Pigs Aplenty
      Pigs Aplenty
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/23/02
      0.0
      Theo and Cleo leave Marmy in charge of the cubs, and she throws a big pig party in the library. Uh-oh...
    • Ruby Sings the Blues
      Ruby Sings the Blues
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Ruby Sings the Blues
    • Art Party
      Art Party
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/15/03
      0.0
      Can Lionel and Leona make sense of a mysterious painting?
    • Three Goats, No Waiting
      Three Goats, No Waiting
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      9/17/03
      0.0
      Lionel is ready to stage The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The trouble is finding someone inherently fierce enough to play the Troll.
    • Huff and Puff
      Huff and Puff
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/21/02
      0.0
      Whatever happened to the three little pigs after the wolf received his just deserts? Leona and Lionel want to know, so they write their own sequels to the story! Guest Starring Teresa Weatherspoon of the New York Liberty and Vanessa Williams.
    • A Tasty Piece of Cheese/The Lion and the Mouse
    • A Shower of Stars/Two Moons and One Lagoon
      5/9/05
      0.0
      It's nighttime at the library roof garden as Theo gives an energetic Leona a reread from the episode Shooting Stars. Then, under a full moon, Cleo gives Lionel and Leona a story from the episode Touching the Moon.
    • Wings/What's in the Box?
      Wings/What's in the Box?
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      5/2/05
      0.0
      First up: Leona warns Lionel not to lean back on his chair, provoking a flashback reading of a Greek myth first read in Icarus's Wings (from Season 2). Then the library, seen from the inside for the first time this season, receives a reprint (and a reread) of Pandora's Box.
    • What Parakeets Need
      What Parakeets Need
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      9/30/02
      0.0
      Theo and Cleo decide that Leona and Lionel are ready to take on some responsibility. They give them a pet parakeet and the book What Parakeets Need by Freeman van Fleet. Leona quickly names the parrot Sweety Tweety. Lionel is disgusted by such a cutesy name, but decides that Tweety Sweety could work. As the two continue the debate, they discover something interesting in the book --- parakeets can learn to talk. Leona begins a spirited quest to teach the parakeet to talk, but discovers that it requires patience and not giving up.moreless
    • Stop That Pickle!
      Stop That Pickle!
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Stop That Pickle!
    • Too Cool
      Too Cool
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/7/02
      0.0
      Lionel thinks the new kid at school, Derek Cheetah, is too cool to be on his baseball team. But what does Derek think? Guest Starring Mo Lewis of the New York Jets.
    • Step by Step
      Step by Step
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      9/18/03
      0.0
      Leona and Lionel have discovered what appears to be a treasure map and a set of directions that Barnaby B. Busterfield III left behind. It's off on a treasure hunt for the lions and pigeons.
    • Chicks and Salsa
      Chicks and Salsa
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Chicks and Salsa
    • Ruby Sings the Blues
      Ruby Sings the Blues
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      11/9/09
      0.0
      Ruby Sings the Blues
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