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Stories that Spark Creativity

Abiyoyo

Reading Rainbow (Official)Abiyoyo STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson, a rhyming book about ordinary people performing essential tasks. LeVar Burton explains that work is a way to share our talents and help others. The book is read by actor David Canary. LeVar explores a wide variety of jobs that make up our world of work.

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Amazing Grace

Reading Rainbow (Official)Amazing Grace STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Amazing Grace by Alice Hoffman, a story about a little girl who wants to be Peter Pan in her school play. She refuses to give up her dream even though she’s a different race and gender than the traditional Peter Pan. LeVar explains that being in the spotlight can be exciting, but also scary. The featured book is read by actress Tyne Daly. Whoopi Goldberg talks about the importance of following your dreams and celebrating our differences.

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Hip Cat

Reading Rainbow (Official)Hip Cat STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Hip Cat by Jonathan London, a story about a cat who creates a sound all his own and then experiences how the rhyme and rhythm enchant his audience. LeVar Burton describes the role of improvisation in music, storytelling, art, and dance. The book is read by actress Ann Duquesnay. Jazz, America’s most original music form, is the focus of this episode.

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Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

Reading Rainbow (Official)Liang and the Magic Paintbrush STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi, a story about a poor boy who is given a special paintbrush that brings everything he paints to life. LeVar Burton discusses the significance of lions in Chinese mythology and the traditional lion dance. The book is read by actress Lauren Tom. LeVar talks about the art of Chinese calligraphy.

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Mama Don't Allow

Reading Rainbow (Official)Mama Don't Allow STORY

This episode features Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd, a story about an alligator who plays the saxophone. LeVar Burton goes into the Louisiana swamps and sees an alligator up close. The book is read aloud by actor Fred Newman. Viewers learn about creating sound effects from the narrator. 

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Rechenka's Eggs

Reading Rainbow (Official)Rechenka's Eggs STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco, a story about a woman who rescues an injured goose. LeVar shows viewers several examples of artwork inspired by eggs, including a traditional Ukrainian painted egg or “pysanka.” The featured book is read by actress Viveca Lindfors. Author and illustrator Patricia Polacco talks about the importance of drawing in her life.

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Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Reading Rainbow (Official)Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin STORY

This Reading Rainbow episode features Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss, a story about how musicians use rhyming, melodies, and mathematics to create beautiful music. LeVar talks about how an orchestra combines the sounds of many different instruments. The featured book is read by dancer Gregory Hines. After the story, LeVar attends a rehearsal at the Juilliard School and the conductor shares insights about his job.

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