Reading Rainbow

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Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow! For over 30 years, this beloved children’s television series has been bringing stories to life. Hosted by acclaimed actor LeVar Burton, journey to exciting places and build a lasting connection with your favorite books — but you don’t have to take our word for it.
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    October 19, 1993
    28min
    TV-Y
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    One thing leads to another in this episode, with LeVar in a bowling alley, showing how certain actions lead to consequences. Included is a piece on an expert at domino displays and domino art. Beth Howland reads "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," the tale of a little boy who offers a cookie to a mouse, and all the events that occur afterwards as a result.
  2. 2. Two Old Potatoes and Me
    January 21, 2005
    28min
    TV-Y
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jordan Puryear reads "Two Old Potatoes and Me," about a girl who works with her father to recycle two rotted potatoes by replanting them using the sprouts to grow a whole new crop of potatoes. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make potato dishes from recipes in the book.
  3. 3. Owen
    April 11, 1996
    28min
    TV-Y
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It's easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it's LeVar's turn, as he gets in touch with visions of "his boyhood." Matthew Broderick reads "Owen," about a little mouse who's very attached to his security blanket and doesn't want to give it up, even if it means he will be teased when he starts school.
  4. 4. Mr. George Baker
    December 17, 2004
    28min
    TV-Y
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every day.

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Season year
2004
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PBS
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4.6 out of 5 stars

94 global ratings

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Rachael P.Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I am so glad I decided to buy this
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I have lost count the number of times my son has asked to watch this. He is so fascinated by the episode "if you give the mouse a cookie" but not because of the story. If you remember watching any of the reading rainbows as a kid you will remember those segments before the books. There is one here on bowling. It gives a behind the scene look at where the ball goes after you throw it down the lane. It also shows how bowling balls are made. My 4 year old son thinks this bowling segment is the coolest thing ever. There is also a segment on dominoes that has gotten my son interested in setting up his own layout. I originally got this DVD for the story but I forgot how interesting and educational the segments in-between the stories really are. I am so glad I decided to buy this!
21 people found this helpful
V HanlineReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this show while I was growing up
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I loved this show while I was growing up. Such nostalgia!

The original theme song was epic but it looks like they replaced all the episodes with the new one (from 2000)--which is not as awesome.

The season's episodes are all mixed up too. For instance season 1 has shows from '93, '95, '04 and '05. Crazy.

You have to hunt around for all the episodes from the 80's. The clothing from that era is entertaining!

LaVar Burton is such an enthusiastic host and it seems to come from a time when public television actually helped children learn new things. Sharing the excitement with my children now is really fun!
13 people found this helpful
AmazongroupieReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor qsuality video
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Poor quality
Need to focus on book not other lead-in talk
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beccaReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Super Wonderful!
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Wonderful episodes and Bertoni Ventures is a great seller! Everything was in great condition with fast shipping and I’m enjoying my Reading Rainbow to no end! 😊❤️
Randal DeebleReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
It works just right, and it's exactly what I ...
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It works just right, and it's exactly what I was looking for. I would never have guessed that the book called "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" had been on a "Reading Rainbow" episode. That's a story that I grew up with.
3 people found this helpful
poppad75Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great DVD!
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Wonderful learning experience for adults and children. It reminds me when I was in grade school when we had a rainy day and had to come inside and watch educational films. My grandchildren love it as well as the books.
5 people found this helpful
JDReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Show
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Ordered 1 episode - 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' because it's one of my daughter's favorite books and she LOVES Reading Rainbow. This is a great episode and really fun for little kids if you are trying to introduce them to RR.
3 people found this helpful
M. LangdonReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Glad they brought this show back. In these technological times it is good to see encouragement of reading.
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