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Reading Rainbow 

Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.
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LeVar Burton ...  Himself - Host 152 episodes, 1983-2015
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Storyline

LeVar Burton introduces an appropriate subject for each episode to go with the featured children's book that is read in its entirety. This is followed by suggestions of other books for further reading. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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English

Release Date:

6 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Радуга-читальня See more »

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USA

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paige Turner, a Texas/Oklahoma-based wrestler whose gimmick is a wrestling librarian, has used a rock version of the show's theme song as entrance music. See more »

Quotes

LeVar Burton: [about to have kids introduce more recommended books] Of course, you don't have to take *my* word for it.
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Alternate Versions

Recent airings (2000) have re-edited older episodes to include new footage of Levar Burton running around with kids to a new Reading Rainbow theme song at the beginning and end. See more »


Soundtracks

Reading Rainbow Theme Song
Written by Stephen Horelick and Dennis Neil Kleinman and Janet Weir
Performed by Tina Fabrique
[Her version of the theme song ran from 1983 until 1999]
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Fascinating, informative, entertaining...
3 October 2003 | by Bass-o-maticSee all my reviews

This show, at least in it's current state, is better than 99% of the crap one will find on network tv. I've seen up close pottery making by Indians in the mid-west, examined the inner workings of the largest galactic telescope in the world in Puerto Rico, and otherwise been very entertained and informed from the times I've caught this show just before Charlie Rose came on.

Levar does a nice job of imparting important virtues to kids - RESPECT for creativity and craft, your elders, the environment... what more could you ask for, in an age when parents take NO responsibility for raising kids and kids have no respect even for human life??

As far as the books reviewed, I can't vouch for this, but I've always left with a good, warm feeling about people every time I watch this show, (and I usually feel like heaving when I see the other crap on tv).

I say, 'KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!'


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