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  • Boxes for Katje

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    S 21 : Ep 3 - 11/8/06

    LeVar profiles Children For Children, a New York based youth organization that creates care packages for relief to children affected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Elizabeth Jute reads a story about a US penpal who sends care packages to her friend in war-torn Holland after WWII.moreless
  • Two Old Potatoes and Me

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    S 20 : Ep 5 - 1/21/05

    Jordan Puryear reads Two Old Potatoes and Me, about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make potato dishes from recipes in the book.moreless
  • Mr. George Baker

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    S 20 : Ep 3 - 12/17/04

    Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every day.moreless
  • Enemy Pie

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    S 19 : Ep 3 - 9/5/02

    LeVar observes activity in a playground to see how people do and don't get along with each other. Ed Harris reads Enemy Pie, a story about a boy who dislikes one of his new classmates, and how his father helps bring the two boys to start a friendship by making a secret recipe Enemy Pie.moreless
  • The Tin Forest

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    S 19 : Ep 1 - 9/2/02

    LeVar visits a school in New York City to ask the class how they have coped since the past year when the World Trade Center was destroyed nearby and they had to evacuate and some children lost family members. Jeff Bridges reads the story of The Tin Forest, about a lonely man who builds a metal forest of trees and animals in hopes of attracting real animals to ease his sadness.moreless
  • Badger's Parting Gifts

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    S 18 : Ep 6 - 4/20/01

    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
  • The Secret Shortcut

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    S 18 : Ep 4 - 2/16/01

    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

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    S 18 : Ep 3 - 1/19/01

    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
  • Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk

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    S 18 : Ep 2 - 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.moreless
  • When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba

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    S 17 : Ep 4 - 10/8/98

    LeVar explores Broadway as he looks at live entertainment options. Lucie Arnaz reads the feature story, about a young girl who decides to put on a show for her aunt, who usually treats her to Broadway play matinees, but now Aunt Lena is laid up in bed following a fall, and she gets depressed because she's missing her "stories."moreless
  • Saturday Sancocho

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    S 17 : Ep 3 - 10/7/98

    LeVar attends a rummage sale to observe how people sometimes barter for items when they don't have money to buy them. He also makes some trades of his own to get some items he wanted. Josie de Guzman reads the feature story about a girl who follows her grandmother around the farmer's market to trade items to get the ingredients for their weekly chicken stew after they discover they are out of all the groceries they need and don't have cash to buy them.moreless
  • My Life With the Wave

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    S 17 : Ep 2 - 10/6/98

    Scott Irby Ranier tells a tale of a boy who is followed home by a wave of water after a vacation at the beach, and how he and his family must convince the wave it is better off living in the ocean than in his bathtub.moreless
  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

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    S 16 : Ep 4 - 4/10/97

    LeVar discusses how people show gratitude for kind acts and how we can repay each other in acts of kindness to spread good will in the world. Nicholson Earl Billey reads the featured story, a poem of greeting that native Americans say each day to bless the earth and pray for all the gifts they have been given by respecting the planet.moreless
  • On the Day You Were Born

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    S 16 : Ep 1 - 4/7/97

    How babies are born is explored, in great detail, in this episode, as a family welcoming their fourth child is profiled during the last few weeks before delivery. Patrick Stewart reads a poem about how special each person is when they come into the world, and how every birth should be celebrated.moreless
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

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    S 15 : Ep 5 - 10/11/96

    Music and orchestras are profiled in this tuneful show. The episode soon gets rhythmic when LeVar introduces the viewers to the theatrical percussion group, Stomp. Gregory Hines reads Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, a counting story that mentions all the different types of instruments that are played in bands and orchestras and the kinds of groups they make based on many play at once.moreless
  • Owen

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    S 14 : Ep 4 - 4/11/96

    It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions of "his boyhood." Matthew Broderick reads Owen, about a little mouse who's very attached to his security blanket and doesn't want to give it up, even if it means he will be teased when he starts school.moreless
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

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    S 14 : Ep 3 - 4/10/96

    LeVar and a friend point up that following recipes and cooking foods tend very much to be science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins.

    Helen Mirren reads How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, a tale of a lady who goes to elaborate lengths to get all the ingredients to make a pie after she finds her local grocery store closed.moreless
  • My Shadow

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    S 12 : Ep 9 - 10/13/94

    Shadow art is looked at, as LeVar interviews an artist who creates brilliant shadow puppetry with his hands. Robert Guillaume reads the poem My Shadow, by Robert Louis Stephenson, about how shadows are cast by light and are reflections of our image.moreless
  • Summer

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    S 12 : Ep 3 - 10/5/94

    Not just summer, but all the seasons are highlighted in the feature book. Ossie Davis narrates a photographic pictoral book about animals that are more active during the summer months, and great photos of weather conditions during the warm months, like sunsets, night skies filled with fireworks, and fun activities like swimming and boating.moreless
  • Borreguita and the Coyote

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    S 12 : Ep 2 - 10/4/94

    LeVar spends the day in a barrio in East Los Angeles studying Mexican culture as he visits friends who make their own guitars, eats some traditional food, and discusses the cultural differences that are practiced in both Mexico and the US. LeVar even meets up with the popular Latin rock band, Los Lobos.

    Olga Merediz reads Borreguita and the Coyote, the tale of a clever lamb who continually outsmarts a coyote determined to eat her.moreless
  • Nosey Mrs. Rat

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    S 12 : Ep 1 - 10/3/94

    Observing people is the theme of the day, as LeVar finds himself with time to kill before a business meeting and chooses to watch children at a playground while he waits.

    Faith Prince reads Nosey Mrs. Rat, about a snooping neighbor who always spies on her friends and family for gossip to spread, and how a young boy, looking for revenge after she informed his parents about a school incident, gives the lady her comeuppance using a video camera to spy on her.moreless
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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    S 11 : Ep 7 - 10/19/93

    One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino art.

    Beth Howland reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the tale of a little boy who offers a cookie to a mouse, and all the events that occur afterwards as a result.moreless
  • The Piggy in the Puddle

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    S 10 : Ep 7 - 10/13/92

    A program devoted to mud sees LeVar get his hands into the claymation of the featured book, The Piggy in the Middle.
  • Tar Beach

    Full Episode

    S 10 : Ep 1 - 10/5/92

    LeVar's presence looms over New York once again, this time literally. He's taken to the roof of one of the nondescript skyscrapers, very close to the bridge mentioned in the featured book, Tar Beach.moreless
  • Alistair's Time Machine

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    S 9 : Ep 1 - 9/16/91

    LeVar goes to a totally-fictitious spot to find "inventors" from all eras. True to form, these inventors come from the distant past,Reading Rainbow's near-present, and the future.

    Arnold Stang narrates Alistair's Time Machine, the story of a boy who invents a machine that takes him centuries back in time.moreless
  • Florence and Eric Take the Cake

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    S 8 : Ep 4 - 9/13/90

    LeVar visits the Movieland Wax Museum in California, where an expert wax artist makes a statue of him.

    Julia child reads the story of two children helping their grandmother plan a party, and how they accidentally mistake a fancy decorated hat for a cake decorated in the same way.

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  • Sports Pages

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    S 7 : Ep 10 - 3/30/90

    LeVar narrates Sports Pages in addition to fronting a hodgepodge of sports activities.
  • Ludlow Laughs

    Full Episode

    S 7 : Ep 4 - 7/6/89

    LeVar is assigned a comedy makeover to learn more about comedy. Phillis Diller narrates Ludlow Laughs, a tale about a man who never smiled at all until one strange night when he started to laugh out loud.moreless
  • Little Nino's Pizzeria

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 7/5/89

    LeVar takes a shot at making his own pizza. He gets the yeast right, but he underestimates just about everything else. (That includes the volume of "vox pops" shots.) Josh Saviano reads Little Nino's Pizzeria, a story about a boy who works with his father at a neighborhood pizzeria when one day his father closes it up to work at a more fancy restaurant.moreless
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

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    S 6 : Ep 10 - 3/31/89

    LeVar celebrates the culture of Africa in New York City's Central Park where he learns how African drums are made. He also plays some authentic African instruments and joins in the festival fun with an African dance troupe, Forces of Nature. Phylicia Rashid narrates Mufaro's Beautiful Dauters, an African tale about a villager who has two beautiful daughters with completely different personalities. Mufaro presents his daughters to the king who is looking for a wife.moreless
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