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Stories About Animals

Borreguita and the Coyote

Reading Rainbow (Official)Borreguita and the Coyote STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema, a story about a little lamb who becomes very clever to keep a coyote from eating her up. LeVar Burton discusses Mexican American culture as reflected in music, art, stories, and language. The book is read by actress Olga Merediz. LeVar meets a Chicana mural painter from Los Angeles.

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Florence and Eric Take the Cake

Reading Rainbow (Official)Florence and Eric Take the Cake STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Florence and Eric Take the Cake by Jocelyn Wild, a story about a brother and sister who accidentally cause a major baking mix-up. LeVar Burton takes a trip to the MovieLand Wax Museum. The book is read by Julia Child. Viewers also see how some talented bakers are able to make a cake look like everyday objects.

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Fox on the Job

Reading Rainbow (Official)Fox on the Job STORY

This episode features Fox on the Job by James Marshall, a story about finding work and saving money. LeVar Burton explores the world of work and shares his list of household chores. The book is read aloud by actor Fred Newman. A mounted police officer and a dog walker talk about why they enjoy their jobs.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Reading Rainbow (Official)If You Give a Mouse a Cookie STORY

This episode features If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, a story about how one thing leads to another. LeVar Burton takes viewers behind the scenes at a bowling center to see how a bowling ball starts a chain reaction. The book is read aloud by actress Beth Howland. Viewers see inside a factory where bowling balls are made.

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Is This a House for Hermit Crab?

Reading Rainbow (Official)Is This a House for Hermit Crab? STORY

This episode features Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald, a story about a hermit crab who has outgrown his shell. LeVar Burton builds a house for the flying friends in his backyard. The book is read aloud by singer and actress Eartha Kitt. Viewers watch the “Lifestyles of the Wild and Tameless” to see where a variety of animals live.

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Stellaluna

Reading Rainbow (Official)Stellaluna STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, a story about a baby bat who falls into a nest and is raised in a most peculiar way by a family of birds until she is reunited with her mother. LeVar discovers the mysterious and fascinating world of fruit bats. The featured book is read by actress Anne Jackson. After the story, LeVar highlights several other species of bats.

Visit the Reading Rainbow website at https://www.readingrainbow.org/watch/ to find family activities you and your child can do together after watching this episode. Activities for this video are available in both English and Spanish.

PBS LearningMedia https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/stellaluna-video/reading-rainbow-stories/ offers support materials for teachers and students.

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