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Stories About Families

Always My Dad

Reading Rainbow (Official)Always My Dad STORY

This episode features Always My Dad by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, a story about a girl whose parents are divorced and hardly sees her father. LeVar Burton joins a Family Day picnic and shares how he grew up in a single-parent family. The book is read aloud by singer B.J. Crosby. Viewers meet a one-parent family and see how these four children and their father manage schedules and share lots of love.

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Fly Away Home

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting, a story about an unhoused father and son who move from terminal to terminal in an airport, trying not to be noticed and discovered. LeVar Burton discusses what it means to be homeless and its root causes. The book is read aloud. LeVar talks about how shelters can help families experiencing homelessness.

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Little Nino's Pizzeria 

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour, a story about a family restaurant. Tony loves helping his dad make pizza until one day his dad decides to open a fancy new restaurant and everything changes. LeVar talks about yeast and how it is used to make pizza dough. 

The featured book is read by actor Josh Saviano. After the story, LeVar demonstrates how to shape and toss pizza dough while preparing a meal for his friends.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, a story about two sisters with very different personalities. LeVar Burton enjoys an African cultural festival in Central Park. The book is read by actress Phylicia Rashad. Viewers learn how African drums are made by hand.

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Tar Beach

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, a story about a young girl who dreams of flying above her Harlem home. Everyone needs a special place where they can think and daydream. LeVar takes viewers up on the roof to a “tar beach,” an urban oasis in the sky. The featured book is read by actress Ruby Dee. After the story, LeVar talks about the beauty of the George Washington Bridge.

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The Patchwork Quilt

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This Reading Rainbow episode features The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, a story about a girl who learns the secret ingredient in her grandma’s special quilt of memories. Coming in all sizes, shapes, and colors, families are as varied as patchwork quilts. LeVar discusses recycling while visiting the Boston Children’s Museum. The featured book is read by actress Isabel Sanford. After the story, LeVar explains that the secret ingredient in Tanya’s quilt was love.

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Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner, a story about a family formed through adoption. LeVar Burton explores the many different ways families are created. The book is read aloud. Viewers meet the Harris family, who have two adopted children.

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Tight Times

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This Reading Rainbow episode features Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen, a story about a boy who wants a pet when his family is having financial trouble. LeVar Burton talks about what it feels like to want something you can't have. The book is read aloud. LeVar explains that in challenging situations, the best way to help each other is to show you care.

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