Reading Rainbow - Season 18

PBS (ended 2006)




Episode Guide

  • Badger's Parting Gifts
    LeVar discusses cathartic ways to adjust to losing a loved one in this episode. He and fellow viewers talk about family members that are now gone that they miss, and how they try to remember the good times rather than dwell on the pain. Ruby Dee reads the featured story about an aging Badger, who knows he doesn't have much longer to live and tries to prepare his friends for his passing; after he is gone, they all reminisce about all the things they learned from Badger's teachings.moreless
  • LeVar goes around the United States asking children about different words for the same items, different climates, and different customs that make the United States such an interesting place to live. Author Nikki Giovanni reads one of her poems about life in the South from the book, My America: A Poetry Atals of the United States. Also from today's featured book, Lea Salonga and car experts Tom & Ray Magliozzi read poems from the book about Hawaii and the Northwest.moreless
  • The Secret Shortcut
    In the first of two map shows, LeVar Burton wants to show how to use maps. But he is not Rick Steves. Tim Conway reads a story about two boys who decide to try a new route to school after getting there late all the time and being reprimanded by the teacher.moreless
  • Lemonade for Sale
    Episode 3
    LeVar explores way that young people can earn money before they're old enough for official jobs in this show. One of the profiles is of a young man trying to earn his college tuition by selling nail polish to his fellow students. Andrea McArdle reads the feature story of a group of kids who decide to run a lemonade drink stand to raise money to make repairs to their clubhouse, and how a new neighbor helps them drum up business.moreless
  • 11/20/00
    "Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk", read by Jason Alexander, features stories about pets. LeVar Burton throws a birthday party for his golden retriever, Roy, and treats the dog to a bath at a pet spa for his special day.
  • The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
    LeVar visits the Amazon rain forest to meet the real people profiled in today's featured book, a story about how a young man was chosen to follow around his tribe's medicine man to learn all the natural methods of treating injuries and illness using plants of the rain forest.