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Reading Rainbow

Season 4 Episode 10

Abiyoyo

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Aired Weekdays 2:30 PM Jul 04, 1986 on PBS
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In one of the rare times Reading Rainbow uses a studio set, LeVar tells about storytelling through music. The then-new art of music videos is first up, with clips of "Who's Johnny" (among others). Pete Seeger appears on the set to perform his version of Abiyoyo. Pete explains that he adapted an old African folk tale, about a boy who helps get rid of a giant terrorizing his town, when Seeger's children pestered him to come up with a unique bedtime story that included music. Also unique to this episode: all the book reviewers share the stage with LeVar.

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  • This is another fantastic, musical Reading Rainbow episode I recommend you'd watch.

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    This Reading Rainbow episode is like no other. The book reviewers come face-to-face with LeVar sharing their favorite books with music, dancing and rhymes. That would explain why you don't get to hear LeVar say "You don't have to take my word for it." Also, how often do you get to see LeVar in a suit and tie?



    I love the way Pete Seeger narrated and sang Abiyoyo. He's been singing and telling stories for many years. Pete's story was adapted from an African folk story and lullaby. But did you know there's a sequel to the featured book? I have heard a lot of Pete's songs and stories myself.



    Another thing you get to see in this episode that you can't find in any others in the series is clips of music videos.



    This is such a musical episode, I recommend you watch it. I also recommend watching Ty's One-Man Band.moreless
LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

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Tina Fabrik

Tina Fabrik

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