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Reading Rainbow

Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe (#109)

by Vera B. Williams [29 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: The Emmy Award-winning series, hosted by LeVar Burton, takes young viewers on adventures that help stimulate an interest in reading for pleasure and entertainment.

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  • Tight Times (#101)

    LeVar visits a pet show and discovers all kinds of unusual pets, including pet rocks. He explains that even during "tight times" there are all kinds of ways to have fun -- and that working together and using imagination are what is important. [26 minutes]

  • Miss Nelson Is Back (#102)

    by Harry Allard and James Marshall - When their teacher has to go away for a week, the kids in room 207 have big plans to ?really act up.? LeVar is surprised in this episode as he discovers a mysterious treasure hunt which leads him to be transformed by a make up artist, and then to a mysterious, magical performance by Black Stone the Magician. The real surprise turns out to be a birthday party for LeVar. [29 minutes]

  • Bea and Mr. Jones (#103)

    A kindergartner and her father change places for a day. Bea works in an office and her father goes to school. This show is about how people sometimes wish they were someone else. LeVar uses the costumes from Reading Rainbow to dress up like people he has always wanted to be, and points out the importance of being ourselves and striving to be all we can be. Viewers visit a young boy who tells how he started a library in his small town. [28 minutes]

  • Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain (#104)

    by Verna Aardema - A cumulative rhyme relating how a young African boy brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. LeVar talks about rainy day activities including an aerial chase of a thunderstorm and puddle-hopping. Viewers visit the National Center for Atmospheric Research and learn about various aspects of weather and occupations that are dependent upon meteorology. [29 minutes]

  • Louis The Fish (#105)

    by Arthur Yorinks - The feature book is a whale of a tale about a butcher who yearns to be a fish and turns into a salmon. It inspires LeVar to go on an exploration of exotic marine life, tide pools, and dolphins while he explains that pretending to be someone else can be exciting and can also be a way of discovering how wonderful it is to be yourself. LeVar visits the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, and the Aqua Circus of Cape Cod where trained dophins Dixie and Dolly reside. [28 minutes]

  • Digging Up Dinosaurs (#106)

    by Aliki - This book introduces readers to many types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums, and explains how scientists uncover, preserve, and study fossils. LeVar explores the fascination of dinosaurs who lived and then disappeared millions of years ago. Humor is interspersed with interviews with a ranger and a paleontologist who take LeVar on a fossil tour of Dinosaur National Monument. [29 minutes]

  • Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (#107)

    by Demi - Taken from an old Chinese legend, a poor boy who longs to paint is given a magic paintbrush that brings everything he paints to life. LeVar explores how art is integrated into many aspects of the Chinese American culture. He takes a trip to New York City?s Chinatown and visits with an expert of Chinese calligraphy, a stonecarver who makes LeVar a name stamp, and a gourmet Chinese chef. He also takes viewers to the New York Institute of Technology where he is shown how to use computer graphics to create art. Then he participates in a Chinese parade. [29 minutes]

  • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (#108)

    by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat - A New York City boy has some preconceived ideas of life in the West and it makes him very apprehensive about the family?s move out there. LeVar learns more about the West when he joins a biologist who shows him the Arizona desert and tells him about the plant and animal life?and he learns just what Gila monsters are. [28 minutes]

  • The Gift of the Sacred Dog (#110)

    by Paul Goble [29 minutes]

  • Gregory The Terrible Eater (#111)

    by Mitchell Sharmat [29 minutes]

  • Three by the Sea (#112)

    by Edward Marshall [29 minutes]

  • Arthur's Eyes (#113)

    by Marc Brown [29 minutes]

  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate The Wash (#114)

    by Trinka Hakes Noble [28 minutes]

  • Ty's One-Man Band (#115)

    by Mildred Pitts Walter [29 minutes]

  • Hot-Air Henry (#201)

    by Mary and Dewey Blocksma [28 minutes]

  • Simon's Book (#202)

    by Henrik Drescher [29 minutes]

  • Ox-Cart Man (#203)

    Take a trip back in time to Sturbridge Village & learn a valuable lesson about goods & services. [29 minutes]

  • Mystery on the Docks (#204)

    by Thacher Hurd [29 minutes]

  • A Chair for My Mother (#205)

    A child, her mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable chair after all of their furniture is lost in a fire. [29 minutes]

  • Paul Bunyan (#301)

    retold by Steven Kellogg [28 minutes]

  • The Patchwork Quilt (#302)

    by Valerie Flournoy [28 minutes]

  • Hill of Fire (#303)

    by Thomas P. Lewis [28 minutes]

  • The Tortoise and the Hare (#304)

    adapted by Janet Stevens [28 minutes]

  • Perfect The Pig (#305)

    by Susan Jeschke [27 minutes]

  • Animal Cafe (#306)

    by John Stadler [28 minutes]

  • Alistair In Outer Space (#307)

    by Marilyn Sadler [28 minutes]

  • Feelings (#308)

    by Aliki [28 minutes]

  • Watch The Stars Come Out (#309)

    by Riki Levinson [28 minutes]

  • Mama Don't Allow (#310)

    by Thacher Hurd [28 minutes]

  • Space Case (#401)

    by Edward Marshall [28 minutes]

  • The Milk Makers (#402)

    by Gail Gibbons - It?s fresh and cold, foamy and white, and one of nature?s most nutritious foods?milk! Everyone learns about this delicious liquid as this book explains the process of how cows produce milk and how it is processed before being delivered to stores. LeVar visits California?s dairy country where he receives a lesson on milking a cow by hand, as well as an introduction to the modern way of milking and feeding 600 cows. Viewers get a factory tour and see how cheese is made. [28 minutes]

  • Imogene's Antlers (#403)

    by David Small [29 minutes]

  • Germs Make Me Sick! (#404)

    by Melvin Berger [28 minutes]

  • Abiyoyo (#405)

    by Pete Seeger [28 minutes]

  • The Life Cycle of the Honeybee (#406)

    LeVar dons investigates a beehive with a beekeeper. Learn how honey is removed from the comb. [28 minutes]

  • Keep The Lights Burning, Abbie (#407)

    This true story is about a young girl who kept her lighthouse burning during a tremendous storm. [28 minutes]

  • Chickens Aren't The Only Ones (#408)

    by Ruth Heller [26 minutes]

  • The Paper Crane (#409)

    A restaurant owner gets a magical gift from a stranger, a paper crane that comes alive and dances. [28 minutes]

  • The Runaway Duck (#410)

    Egbert, a toy duck, has adventures after being tied to a car's bumper. LeVar visits Chesapeake Bay. [28 minutes]

  • A Three Hat Day (#411)

    by Laura Geringer [28 minutes]

  • Rumpelstiltskin (#412)

    A strange small man helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold in exchange for her first child. [29 minutes]

  • Best Friends (#413)

    In this tale, a girl feels lonely and betrayed when her best friend goes away for the summer. [29 minutes]

  • Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (#414)

    A bored rancher goes to the town not knowing that he will miss an eventful day back at the ranch. [28 minutes]

  • My Little Island (#415)

    A young boy takes his friend to visit the little Caribbean island, Montserrat, where he was born. [28 minutes]

  • The Bionic Bunny Show (#501)

    Wilbur is an ordinary rabbit who becomes a TV superhero at work. Go behind the scenes of Star Trek. [29 minutes]

  • Bugs (#502)

    LeVar visits Insect World for a look at some fascinating bugs. Monarch butterflies are featured. [29 minutes]

  • The Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner (#503)

    Lola Dog hides her diamonds from jewel thieves but Glenda Feathers reveals the secret hiding place. [28 minutes]

  • Brush (#504)

    A little boy adopts a large brush that surprisingly comes to life and behaves like a dog. [29 minutes]

  • The Purple Coat (#505)

    A visit to NY's garment district, the Fashion Institute of Technology and a paper mache artist. [29 minutes]

  • Barn Dance! (#506)

    Levar takes a team of horses to a barn dance in Tennessee and meets a band and a fiddle maker. [29 minutes]

  • Duncan and Dolores (#507)

    A close up look at cats, big and small, starts with tigers and their trainers at Marine World in CA. [28 minutes]

  • Knots on a Counting Rope (#508)

    Visit with a New York news anchor, who anchors local news despite her deformity on both hands. [28 minutes]

  • Mummies Made In Egypt (#509)

    Levar goes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts which houses the largest mummy collection in the U.S. [29 minutes]

  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (#510)

    This special on African culture and Black American heritage includes musicians and instruments. [28 minutes]

  • Humphrey The Lost Whale: A True Story (#601)

    A humpback whale loses his way from his family and ends up in a life threatening situation. [29 minutes]

  • Stay Away from the Junkyard! (#602)

    This story is about a little girl who discovers a wonderful friend in a small town junkyard. [29 minutes]

  • Little Nino's Pizzeria (#603)

    As Levar's dinner guest list gets bigger, so does the pizza. A visit to a family fireworks business. [28 minutes]

  • Ludlow Laughs (#604)

    Phyllis Diller narrates a story of a man with a contagious laugh. A clown gives a comedy makeover. [29 minutes]

  • Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (#605)

    Visit the Spring training camp for the Oakland A's and meet two all-girl softball teams. [29 minutes]

  • Dive to the Coral Reefs (#606)

    Levar goes scuba diving and snorkeling and visits with a man who repairs damaged reefs. [29 minutes]

  • Desert Giant (#607)

    Levar discusses features of cacti and desert animals from the Senoran desert in Arizona. [28 minutes]

  • Toothgnasher Superflash (#608)

    After reading about a family that buys a very unusual car, Levar visits a car production plant. [28 minutes]

  • Bored - Nothing to Do! (#609)

    Levar flies a model airplane and then takes his first flight lesson. [29 minutes]

  • Sport Pages (#610)

    A young Olympic gymnast and a figure skating team talk to Levar about preparing for competition. [28 minutes]

  • The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth (#701)

    Burton introduces the episode by talking about cavern and cave exploring. The featured book, "The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth", is narrated by Keshia Knight Pulliam. Eccentric Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a science field trip to the center of the earth while teaching them about geology. Burton then visits California Caverns, where he learns about stalagmites, stalactites, and other crystal formations and goes spelunking with a cave expert. [28 minutes]

  • Jack, The Seal and the Sea (#702)

    Join marine biologists who examine the condition of marine life with water and sea bottom samples. [29 minutes]

  • The Bicycle Man (#703)

    Levar talks about freestyle bicyclists, human powered vehicles skateboarders and rollerblades. [28 minutes]

  • Florence and Eric Take The Cake (#704)

    Chef Julia Child's reads this featured book about kids who take home a hat instead of a cake. [29 minutes]

  • Sunken Treasure (#705)

    Meet a scientist who located the Titanic and see footage of a 300 year-old sunken Spanish ship. [29 minutes]

  • Alistair's Time Machine (#706)

    In an imaginary park called Discovery Park, host Levar Burton interviews inventors from different times in history. The first guest is a cave woman who is creating the bowl, the spoon and cooking- although she doesn't know what to do with the wheel. The second inventor is a young Thomas Edison busy creating the phonograph, along the first cousins of the box and walkman. "Alistair's Time Machine" read by Arnold Stang, tells the story of a boy who enters his school science fair with his time machine. The day before the contest, he tests his machine and travels back in time to and finds himself with knights,in Rome, and back in the days of cave people. But on the day of the fair, the machine won't work. Alistair thinks that he has no proof of his travels, but while walking home from school he is followed by a wilderbeast he sent back in time. In a video segment, students describe the machines they would create if they could make anything they wanted. Using old news reel footage, a announcer describes inventions that never caught on, including a plane that converts into a car. Finally the kids review three books, "The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin", "What Does it Do?" and "Find Waldo Now". [28 minutes]

  • The Adventure of Taxi Dog (#707)

    Vincent Gardenia reads a story about a cabby with a unique friend, a stray dog named Maxi. [28 minutes]

  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (#708)

    Levar visits Dominic Arquero, a Native America painter who lives in a pueblo in New Mexico. [29 minutes]

  • Galimoto (#709)

    An artist who makes hanging sculptures out of wire and a tightrope walking family from the Circus. [28 minutes]

  • Fox on the Job (#710)

    Meet a 15 year-old boy who sells nail polish to neighborhood girls to pay for his college education. [28 minutes]

  • Opt: An Illusionary Tale (#801)

    LeVar explains that sometimes optical illusions and special effects can play tricks on your eyes. [28 minutes]

  • Raccoons and Ripe Corn (#802)

    Off to Vermont to meet a naturalist author, observe animal signs and read about outdoor adventures. [28 minutes]

  • The Lady with the Ship On Her Head (#803)

    The focus of his program your head. Host LeVar Burton is the talking head reporter for Headline News. The feature story is "The Lady with a Ship on her Head", by Deborah Nourse Lattimore, read by Marilyn Pasekoff. After years of losing, Madam Pompenstance wants to win the annual headdress contest. While bending over to pick up sea shells for her hair, Madam Pompenstance doesn't notice when a very small triple mast ship docks on her head and anchors on to her ears. At the contest that night, the weight of the ship causes Madam Pompenstance to stand like the figure head of ship and she wins first prize with her salute to sailing. To rid herself of her headache, Madam Pompenstance returns to the beach. She bends over again and the small ship heads back out to sea. Other Headline News features include segments on hats, your brian, a visit to Astor Place the largest hair salon in NYC, and the "Greatful Heads" perform their song " I Ain't Got No Body". The kids review three books: "Moag-Moag, Space Barber", "An Enchanted Hair Tale" and "The Flyaway Pantaloons". " [28 minutes]

  • Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (#804)

    LeVar gives a tour of a train and visits an engineer who explains how they run, [29 minutes]

  • Snowy Day: Stories and Poems (#805)

    LeVar uses snowshoes to walk through the knee-deep snow and shoots down Gut Flop hill on his sled. [28 minutes]

  • Tar Beach (#806)

    The focus of his program your head. Host LeVar Burton is the talking head reporter for Headline News. The feature story is "The Lady with a Ship on her Head", by Deborah Nourse Lattimore, read by Marilyn Pasekoff. After years of losing, Madam Pompenstance wants to win the annual headdress contest. While bending over to pick up sea shells for her hair, Madam Pompenstance doesn't notice when a very small triple mast ship docks on her head and anchors on to her ears. At the contest that night, the weight of the ship causes Madam Pompenstance to stand like the figure head of ship and she wins first prize with her salute to sailing. To rid herself of her headache, Madam Pompenstance returns to the beach. She bends over again and the small ship heads back out to sea. Other Headline News features include segments on hats, your brian, a visit to Astor Place the largest hair salon in NYC, and the "Greatful Heads" perform their song " I Ain't Got No Body". The kids review three books: "Moag-Moag, Space Barber", "An Enchanted Hair Tale" and "The Flyaway Pantaloons". " [28 minutes]

  • The Wall (#807)

    Features the designer of the Vietnam Memorial and the history of the construction of Mt. Rushmore. [28 minutes]

  • Sam The Sea Cow (#808)

    Levar Burton visits Sea World when they rescue a wounded Manatee. [28 minutes]

  • Rechenka's Eggs (#809)

    The biological anatomy and artistic uses of eggs, featuring a story about a woman who paints them. [29 minutes]

  • Sophie and Lou (#810)

    Explores dance as art and recreation and learn to dance the mambo with Latin dancer Jackie Rio. [28 minutes]

  • Come A Tide (#901)

    This episode of READING RAINBOW, "Come A Tide," focuses on the weather and its often destructive power. Host LeVar Burton presents facts about weather and shows how to make a rain gauge. Dixie Carter narrates COME A TIDE, written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, which is story about the effects of a spring flood in a small farming community. Burton also narrates a special feature on hurricane Hugo which devastated areas of South Carolina in 1989. At the end of the program, kids review TORNADO ALERT, WEATHER, and STORMS. [28 minutes]

  • The Piggy in the Puddle (#902)

    A look at the art of claymation and the joys of mud. Kids create their own clay figures. [28 minutes]

  • Seashore Surprises (#903)

    Kids are introduced to the fascinating diversity of life that lives in and around the seashore. [28 minutes]

  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies (#904)

    Features the personal stories of adoptive families. An adopted child reads this Ann Turner book. [28 minutes]

  • Berlioz the Bear (#905)

    Explore the many sounds of New York City and meet the director of the Boys Choir of Harlem. [28 minutes]

  • Amazing Grace (#906)

    Three women, including Whoopi Goldberg, discuss overcoming stereotypes to fulfill their dreams. [29 minutes]

  • The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper (#907)

    A behind-the-scenes look at newspapers, with visits from a cartoonist and an editor-in-chief. [28 minutes]

  • Mrs. Katz and Tush (#908)

    Lionel, an African American boy, befriends his neighbor Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish widow. [28 minutes]

  • The Salamander Room (#909)

    Learn about the rain forest at Jungle World at the Wildlife Conservation Park at the Bronx Zoo. [29 minutes]

  • Silent Lotus (#910)

    Learn about the different ways deaf people communicate and try some phrases in Sign Language. [28 minutes]

  • Follow The Drinking Gourd (#1001)

    Explains the history of slavery what life was like for Africans brought to America as slaves. [29 minutes]

  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (#1002)

    LeVar introduces the concept of a chain reaction, visits a bowling ball factory & sets up dominos. [28 minutes]

  • Is This A House for Hermit Crab? (#1003)

    Learn how to build a bird house & meet scientists who care for Falcons on the top of a building. [29 minutes]

  • And Still The Turtle Watched (#1004)

    LeVar explains the important role nature has in Native American culture. Kids learn to plant trees. [29 minutes]

  • June 29, 1999 (#1005)

    Levar tells stories and asks children if they are fact or fiction. A farmer grows 400lb pumpkins. [29 minutes]

  • Nosey Mrs. Rat (#1006)

    Levar meets a photographer who gets takes close up pictures of snakes and other animals. [28 minutes]

  • Borreguita and the Coyote (#1007)

    Learn about Mexican-American culture and meet a mural painter and the music group Los Lobos. [28 minutes]

  • Summer (#1008)

    Levar shows the different sights and sounds of the season, including wildlife and how they live. [28 minutes]

  • Once There Was A Tree (#1009)

    Learn about the life and growth of trees and how Maple syrup is collected in the Northeast. [28 minutes]

  • Appelemando's Dreams (#1010)

    Learn about the expression of art and painting and meet an artist who uses chalk on the sidewalk. [28 minutes]

  • The Lotus Seed (#1101)

    The kids learn about the Lotus seed and see how it develops from a flower. [28 minutes]

  • Hail to Mail (#1102)

    Levar shows the kids how the postal system works & how the mail is handled, sorted, and delivered. [28 minutes]

  • Stellaluna (#1103)

    In this episode of Reading Rainbow, Levarshows the kids how bats make their living at night. He talks to a scientist who explains the living stlyes and eating habits of the beasts of the night. The program also featurees the book STELLALUNA, written by Jannell Cannon and read by Anne Jackson. Levar also visits a research center as researchers explain why humans need sleep. Finally, the kids review the books AMAZING BATS, STEP INTO THE NIGHT and SLEEP IS FOR EVERYONE. [28 minutes]

  • My Shadow (#1104)

    The kids learn how shadows and light make up our everyday lives and meet a photographer. [28 minutes]

  • Ruth Law Thrills A Nation (#1105)

    The kids are shown the history of flight in America and meet a teenage African American pilot. [28 minutes]

  • The Wonderful Towers of Watts (#1106)

    Take a fascinating look at the Watts Towers and meet some children who live in the community. [28 minutes]

  • Martha Speaks (#1107)

    Levar Burton's dog hosts, tours the neighborhood and shows us some special dogs. [28 minutes]

  • Alejandro's Gift (#1108)

    LeVar explores how important water is for all living things and visits a California oasis. [28 minutes]

  • The Sign Painter's Dream (#1109)

    A visit to Broadway to see the lights of Times Square, a sign making shop and an advertising agency. [28 minutes]

  • Archibald Frisby (#1110)

    Michael Chesworth reads this book about a child who is interested in science and how things work. [28 minutes]

  • Fly Away Home (#1111)

    In this heart warming episode of "Reading Rainbow," Levar talks candidly with homeless children. The program includes interviews with children who are effected by one of this country's largest problems. Included is a profile of the Castro family of Brooklyn, New York, who lost their home after a devestating fire. The program also includes a profile of two different children who are making an effort to help the nation's homeless. The book FLY AWAY HOME by Eve Bunting is read by Daniel Saltzman. [28 minutes]

  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop (#1112)

    Levar talks about growing up and having his hair cut. Meet a terrific, 33 year-old gospel group. [28 minutes]

  • How to Make An Apple Pie (#1113)

    In this episode of "Reading Rainbow," Levar is cooking in the kitchen with chef Curtis Aiken. From cutting onions to peeling tomatoes Chef Aiken shows Levar the basics to cooking and retaining natural flavors and vitamins in food. Also, the book "How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World" by Marjorie Priceman, is read by Helen Mirren. Finally the kids review the books "The Edible Pyramid,""Kids Around the World Cookbook" and "What Food Is This?" [28 minutes]

  • Owen (#1114)

    Levar goes to the playground where he reminisces about being a boy and growing up with his mother. [28 minutes]

  • How Much Is A Million? (#1201)

    Levar visits a Crayola factory and Giants stadium in New Jersey and discusses mathematics. [28 minutes]

  • Always My Dad (#1202)

    Visit kids that come from different types of family structures, not all of which are traditional. [28 minutes]

  • Bread Is for Eating (#1203)

    LeVar Burton focuses on the art of baking bread and its cultural value throughout the world. [28 minutes]

  • Hotel Animal (#1204)

    Levar dreams he is miniature size and learns that things look bigger and scary when you're small. [28 minutes]

  • Someplace Else (#1205)

    Levar shows us his travel room, a place very dear to him. His travel room has many maps and globes of places that he's visited. While we all love our own homes, we often imagine what it would be like to live somplace else. In this episode, we see what life is like in New York city, on the high seas, and in Hawaii. Books used in the this episode include "Somplace Else," "Me on the Map," "Town Mouse, Country Mouse," and "Somewhere in the World Right Now." [28 minutes]

  • Zin Zin Zin A Violin (#1206)

    Levar visits the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and learns how these young people "make" music. [28 minutes]

  • On The Day You Were Born (#1207)

    This special episode of "Reading Rainbow" celebrates the joy and wonder of a child being born. We follow Tom and Kay Estes in their last couple of weeks before the birth of their fourth daughter. An actual birth is shown. The book "On The Day You Were Born" introduces the subject matter of birth. Other books featured in this episode are "How You Were Born", "One Round Moon And a Star For Me", and "A Teeny Tiny Baby". [28 minutes]

  • Hip Cat (#1208)

    Learn about jazz and improvisation and visit with The Bill Saxton Quartet and a saxophonist. [28 minutes]

  • Regina's Big Mistake (#1209)

    Levar works on a pottery model of his childhood home and meets a artist who uses cardboard boxes. [28 minutes]

  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (#1210)

    Levar visits with a Native American family that honors the earth through it's pottery making. [28 minutes]

  • The Carousel (#1211)

    This book narrated by Sarah Hubbard, shows that a legacy is a gift passed down from generations. [28 minutes]

  • Math Cure (#1301)

    A little girl feels cursed when everything she sees or thinks about becomes a math problem. [28 minutes]

  • My Life with the Wave (#1302)

    A boy gets in a boat-load of trouble when he brings home a naughty little wave. Levar takes a swim. [28 minutes]

  • Saturday Sancocho (#1303)

    Levar visits an auction to learn how objects are valued and learns about bartering. [28 minutes]

  • When Aunt Lena Did The Rhumba (#1304)

    This week's episode is about performance. In "When Aunt Lena Did The Rumba" a little girl puts on her own musical to cheer up her sick Aunt Lena. The Boy's Choir of Harlem shows us the beauty of music through voice. Comedian Peter Patovsky shows how he makes people laugh. Then travel to Broadway for a glimpse of the hit musical "CATS". Books featured this week are "My Mama Had a Dancing Heart", "The Dancing Man", and "The Old Man Who Loved To Sing". [28 minutes]

  • Work Song (#1305)

    Explores some unique professions such as a drum maker, a pottery maker and a doctor of Obstetrics. [28 minutes]

  • The Shaman's Apprentice (#1401)

    Learn about rainforests, the importance of medicinal plants and the issue of rainforest loss. [28 minutes]

  • Pet Stories You Don't Have to Walk (#1402)

    LeVar takes his dog Roy for a bath. Hear the true life story of Scarlet, one amazing, heroic cat. [28 minutes]

  • Lemonade for Sale (#1403)

    To raise money to rebuild their dilapidated clubhouse, the Elm Street kids open a lemonade stand. [28 minutes]

  • The Secret Shortcut (#1404)

    Two friends, Wendell and Floyd, discover a secret shortcut -- in an effort to arrive at school on time -- which leads LeVar, in this math-based show, to explore the use of maps, mazes and other travel problem solving techniques. [28 minutes]

  • My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States (#1405)

    Celebrate the beauty of America with poems that conjure up images of beautiful geographical regions. [28 minutes]

  • Badger's Parting Gift (#1406)

    Levar shares stories of his late grandmother and tells of ways to deal with the loss of a loved one. [28 minutes]

  • The Tin Forest (#1407)

    The students of a school blocks away from Ground Zero share how they have endured since 9/11. [28 minutes]

  • Max (#1408)

    Max brings to life the essence of true heroism. LeVar shares true stories of real life kid heroes. [28 minutes]

  • Enemy Pie (#1409)

    Levar meets true friends who share how they make their friendships work. It sometimes takes effort. [28 minutes]

  • Our Big Home: An Earth Poem (#1410)

    Meet the teenage founder of the group "Kids Can Free the Children." Take a journey to Nicaragua. [28 minutes]

  • Visiting Day (#1501)

    A young girl and her grandmother make the long bus trip every month to visit her father in prison. [28 minutes]

  • Unique Monique (#1502)

    Monique experiments and finds ways to stand out without breaking her school uniform rules. [28 minutes]

  • Mr. George Baker (#1503)

    Harry visits with 100 year old Mr. George Baker who goes to school so he can learn to read. [28 minutes]

  • Beegu (#1504)

    Beegu, a small space creature finds meets some children on a playground. [28 minutes]

  • Two Old Potatoes and Me (#1505)

    After a young girl finds two old potatoes at her father's house, they plant and tend to them. [28 minutes]

  • The Biggest Test in the Universe (#1601)

    A boy dreads the "big test" which has become his elementary school's right-of-passage. [28 minutes]

  • I Lost My Tooth in Africa (#1602)

    A young girl loses a tooth while visiting her father's family in Africa. [28 minutes]

  • Boxes for Katje (#1603)

    A charitable effort begins when a girl send a care package to Holland during World War II. [28 minutes]

  • Game Day (#1604)

    NFL superstar twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber share how they learned about team effort as kids. [28 minutes]

  • Show Way (#1605)

    A family's women began creating quilts with secret maps to freedom during the years of slavery. [28 minutes]

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