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Stories About World Cultures

And Still the Turtle Watched

Reading Rainbow (Official)And Still the Turtle Watched STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features And Still the Turtle Watched by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, a story about a carved turtle who watches over a river for centuries and observes the impact of ecological change. LeVar Burton discusses our responsibility to care for the earth. The book is read by actor Michael Ansara. LeVar explains the significance of different animals to Native Americans.

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Bread Is for Eating

Reading Rainbow (Official)Bread is for Eating STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Bread is for Eating by David and Phillis Gershator, explains the process of making bread— from growing the grain to baking it — in a song sung in both English and Spanish. LeVar demonstrates how to make bread from scratch and talks about how each culture has its own unique bread traditions. After the story, a Hopi woman from Arizona shows how to make traditional blue cornmeal bread.

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Follow the Drinking Gourd 

Reading Rainbow (Official)Follow the Drinking Gourd STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter, a story about how a song helped a family escape slavery and travel north along the Underground Railroad. LeVar explains the significance of the drinking gourd and celebrates the road to freedom paved by the Underground Railroad. The featured book is read by actor Keith David. After the story, LeVar discusses the different roles music has played in the lives of African Americans.

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Reading Rainbow (Official)Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, a story celebrating the precious and rare gift of the natural world and the resources of the earth. LeVar stops on a fall day to show his appreciation for the season and all that it brings. After the story, LeVar visits a family farm to learn how cranberries are grown and harvested.

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Reading Rainbow (Official)How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman, a story about a baker who discovers the market is closed and travels around the world to gather ingredients for a pie. LeVar prepares apple raisin muffins and talks about the importance of quality ingredients. The featured book is read by actress Helen Mirren. After the story, LeVar explains how to balance ingredients while finishing his muffin recipe.

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Reading Rainbow (Official)The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola, a story about a boy who dreams of becoming an artist for his people and bringing the colors of the sunset down to the earth. The book is read aloud. LeVar Burton visits the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico and meets a family of pottery makers who explain the traditions behind their art.

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The Lotus Seed

Reading Rainbow (Official)The Lotus Seed STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland, a story about how a Vietnamese family preserves their heritage. When forced to leave her country, a young Vietnamese girl takes a lotus seed with her as a reminder of her past. LeVar talks about the beauty of the lotus flower and the longevity of its seeds. The featured book is read by actress Rona Figueroa. After the story, a girl who was born in Vietnam and immigrated to America shares her experience.

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The Shaman's Apprentice

Reading Rainbow (Official)The Shaman's Apprentice STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features The Shaman’s Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry and Mark J. Plotkin, a story about knowledge and tradition. A fatal disease comes to a Tirio village in the Amazon leaving only a few villagers with faith in the shaman’s abilities. LeVar travels to the Amazon by plane. The featured book is read by actress Susan Sarandon. After the story, LeVar visits the village with author Mark Plotkin.

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