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  • Barn Dance!

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    S 6 : Ep 6 - 3/27/89

    LeVar is in Tennessee where he is going to a barn dance. Along the way, he meets the band who will be playing their Bluegrass music and meets a man who makes his own fiddles. At the barn, LeVar also learns a few dance steps for the big night Roy Clark narrates Barn Dance!, a story about a hoedown that is unlike any other.moreless
  • Bugs

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 8/16/88

    With microorganisms under his belt, LeVar now goes on the lookout for insects.
  • Best Friends

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 7/1/87

    The best of friends are those whose friendships endure everything. And it extends to all walks of life, particularly to dogs. Liza Siegler reads the story of two girls who are best friends, but their relationship is strained when one girl goes on a vacation with relatives and the other girl feels lonely and neglected, until a new neighbor moves in and asks her to help him look after his dog.moreless
  • The Life Cycle of the Honeybee

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 6/22/87

    LeVar visits a beehive to look into beekeeping and how honey is made. Barbara Feldon narrates The Life Cycle of the Honeybee, which goes into detail about how bees make hives in natural habitats such as trees.moreless
  • Mama Don't Allow

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 6/27/86

    LeVar shows how music can help interpret a situation, from meeting alligators in a Louisiana swamp to joining a party on a Mississippi riverboat. Fred Newman narrates the story of Mama Don't Allow, about how a young musician starts his own swamp band with his friends. Viewers are then treated to a recording session with Fred Newman as he makes up all the sound effects for the book, including the band's music.moreless
  • Watch the Stars Come Out

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 6/26/86

    Videotaped at Ellis Island in 1985, this show is truly American or, more correctly, a salute to all those who immigrated to America. A big portion of this show is LeVar's journey to the Statue of Liberty, then under restoration. Laura Haymann reads Watch the Stars Come Out, a true story about a young boy and girl who ride a boat from their native country to New York in order to join their parents and older sister, who emigrated to the United States earlier and sent for them.moreless
  • Feelings

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 6/25/86

    LeVar seems to have a lot of things going wrong for him as he spends a day in the park, causing lots of different emotions. In an animated feature, a group of school children read poems about feelings and how to deal with situations. In another profile, LeVar introduces Koko the Gorilla, who learned to communicate through American Sign Language, and has recently been given a pet kitten to help her deal with the death of her last pet cat.moreless
  • Alistair in Outer Space

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 6/24/86

    LeVar checks out the Library of Congress. Among the activities shown: how a book is delivered to the front desk, the vast film library, and how damaged books are repaired. Arnold Stang reads Alistair in Outer Space, a story about a young boy that is so dedicated to returning library books on time that he doesn't even let getting abducted by space aliens stop him.moreless
  • Animal Cafe

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 6/23/86

    LeVar goes to a 24-hour diner to look into night jobs, and profiles people who have occupations in the evening and early morning hours, like radio DJ's, bakers, cab drivers, and police officers. In a separate story, a man ventures into a cave to see bats and other nocturnal animals. Martin Short narrates the story of Animal Cafe, about a cat and dog who operate a third shift restaurant for all the animals in their neighborhood while keeping it a secret from their human owner.moreless
  • Hot-Air Henry

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 9/3/84

    LeVar goes to South Carolina to ride a hot-air balloon. In another study of how air travel has advanced, schoolchildren visit the Space Camp for Aspiring Young Astronauts.

    William Windom reads the story of Hot-Air Henry, the misadventures of a cat who sneaks on board his family's hot air balloon and how he gets back down again.moreless
  • The Shamans Apprentice

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    S 1 : Ep 136 - 10/23/00

    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.In this unedited, original episode of Reading Rainbow, join LeVar Burton on an educational and entertaining adventure through classic books, video field trips and the always favorite "kid book reviews."moreless
  • Ty's One-Man Band

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 6/24/83

    LeVar is ready to find music everywhere, and he does. This show includes the animation "Onomatopoeia." Lou Rawls reads the story ofTy's One-Man Band, about a man who teaches a boy how to make music using household items.moreless
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 6/13/83

    What is with this unfunny dinosaur, thinking he can do stand-up comedy on a dinosaur (of a) program? Technically not the first science-related show in its history, LeVar seeks a place where archaeologists retrieve dinosaur bones. At the end of the program, LeVar buries a time capsule, containing (among other things) a can of old Coke and his picture.

    Linda Gilman reads Digging Up Dinosaurs, a story about how paleontologists unearth dinosaurs skeletons and preserve them in museum exhibits.moreless
  • Bea and Mr. Jones

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 6/8/83

    LeVar is already worn out after working on several scenes all day long on the production of the series. He feels he needs to take on another identity, segueing into introducing the featured book, Bea and Mr. Jones. Madeline Kahn reads the book about a kindergarten student and her father who get so bored with their jobs that they decide to experiment by switching places for the day.moreless
  • Miss Nelson Is Back

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 6/7/83

    Illusions appear in abundance on this program. As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone's magic act.

    Ruth Buzzi reads Miss Nelson Is Back, all about a group of rowdy students who try to take advantage of their teacher's absence when she's out sick one day, and how she gets revenge on them by pretending to be "the meanest teacher in the world, Viola Swamp."moreless
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