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Reading Rainbow 2006

Season 1
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In these unedited, original episodes 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."

Starring:
LeVar Burton

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Season 1

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1. Bea and Mr Jones

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 8, 1983

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2. Digging Up Dinosaurs

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: June 13, 1983

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3. Ty's One-man Band

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

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 25, 1983

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4. Hot-Air Henry

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 3, 1984

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5. Alistair In Outer Space

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 24, 1986

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6. Feelings

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 25, 1986

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7. Watch The Stars Come Out

Videotaped at Ellis Island in 1985, this show is truly American or, more correctly, a salute to all those who immigrated to America. 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.

TV-YSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 26, 1986

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8. The Life Cycle Of The Honeybee

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: June 22, 1987

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9. Best Friends

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: July 1, 1987

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10. Bugs

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

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: August 16, 1988

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11. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

LeVar celebrates the culture of Africa in New York City's Central Park where he learns how African drums are made. Phylicia Rashid narrates Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: March 31, 1989

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12. Florence and Eric Take The Cake

LeVar visits a famed wax sculpture museum, 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: September 13, 1990

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13. Alistairs Time Machine

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: September 16, 1991

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14. Nosey Mrs. Rat

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 3, 1994

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15. Borreguita and The Coyote

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

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 4, 1994

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16. On The Day You Were Born

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: April 7, 1997

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17. My Life With The Wave

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 6, 1998

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18. Saturday Sancocho

LeVar attends a rummage sale to observe how people sometimes barter for items when they don't have money to buy them. 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 7, 1998

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19. When Aunt Lena Did The Rhumba

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 8, 1998

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20. The Shamans Apprentice

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: October 23, 2000

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21. Lemonade For Sale

LeVar explores way that young people can earn money before they're old enough for official jobs in this show. 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: January 19, 2001

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22. 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: February 16, 2001

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23. Badgers 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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: April 20, 2001

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24. Enemy Pie

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: September 5, 2002

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25. Boxes For Katje

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.

TV-Y7Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: November 8, 2006

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Genres Kids
Director Ed Wiseman
Starring LeVar Burton
Season year 2006
Network RRKidz
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