Reading Rainbow

Season 20 Episode 1

Visiting Day

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Aired Weekdays 2:30 PM Dec 15, 2004 on PBS
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The series tackles a delicate subject of how some children must deal with a parent in prison. Alfre Woodard reads Visiting Day, a tale about a young girl preparing to visit her father in jail on his birthday, and how she and her grandmother get ready for the trip to the prison. Afterwards, LeVar visits a real family planning to see their father and husband in jail as he finishes his prison term for shooting at a man during an argument, and how they have to cope with the social stigma of having to explain an ex-convict.moreless

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  • This is practically the worst Reading Rainbow episode they ever produced. They should up the rating of this episode to TV-PG. Parental/viewer discretion advised!

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    The subject for this episode of Reading Rainbow is too sensitive for even viewers under age 12 to watch alone. LeVar talks about what happens when parents are taken to jail and how it changes the way a family used to live together. The episode shows what happens on the day the family goes to the jail to visit their inmate spending his/her sentence.



    I suggest this episode, which has a different TV rating than all the rest, should have a different rating. I say they should up the rating to TV-PG, but that wouldn't be possible. If this episode was rated TV-PG, besides having visual images of jail cells and inmates, it would have contained mild language. Language (especially strong language) is not appropriate at all, even for PBS Kids shows. If this episode had it, they would never want to broadcast it ever again...EVER!!! Otherwise, the inappropriate sections would have to be sensored/edited.



    Don't even think about watching "Visiting Day" from Reading Rainbow. Check your cable or satelite listing schedule in hopes you don't tune in.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • LeVar: Not all of us have experienced what it's like to have a parent in prison, but millions of children have. One out of every forty kids in the United States has a mother or father in prison right now. And they know the happy feelings, and the sad ones, that surround visiting day.

    • LeVar: As emotional as a visiting day may be, it's one of the few ways that kids and parents can keep in touch. And families that stay connected during difficult times have a much better chance of surviving the crisis. But every family is different, and every child who's living without a parent has his or her own way of looking at it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Books:

      Visiting Day by Jackoueline Woodson
      Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live With Their Parents by Janice Levi
      Let's Talk About When Your Parent Is in Jail by Maureen K. Wittbold
      Mom Loves Me From Away by Pat Brisson

    • Because the topic of the episode is about prisons and the criminal justice system, a parental warning is listed at the beginning of the show suggesting the subject may be too sensitive for younger viewers.

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