Through the Pages

PBS (ended 1982)


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Through the Pages is a documentary series that originally aired on PBS from September of 1982 to November of 1982. It consists of ten one-hour episodes about books and their role in history. The title of the first episode is "Jumanji," which covers the historical use of illustrations in books using the illustrations in the Jumanji series of book as examples. This episode also features readings from selected passage in the series by hostess Phyllis Syracuse. The episode entitled "What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?" deals with the works of Benjamin Franklin. Syracuse also describes colonial life during the time of Benjamin Franklin with a visit to Hale Farm and Village. The episode "Anansi the Spider-Man" discusses the African folktale of the same name. The episode "Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back" is about the children's book of the same name. Guests on the series include Grace Butcher and Leonard Trawick. The director is Dottie Lybarger.