Lancit Media Productions
Most widely held works by Lancit Media Productions
Digging up dinosaurs ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 579 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Digging up dinosaurs, by Aliki. Host LeVar Burton sets off in his jeep to explore the mystery surrounding the life and death of the dinosaur.
Stellaluna ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 454 libraries worldwide
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
If you give a mouse a cookie ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 450 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "If you give a mouse a cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Discusses chain reactions from a bowling alley, leading into the reading of the main story. Then it's off to a factory where bowling balls are made and a domino expert demonstrates how he designs chain reactons as he sets up a domino art event. Reviews: "This is the key to the kingdom" by Diane Worfolk Allison, "The house that Jack built" illustrated by Jebby Stow, and "Smart dog" by Ralph Leemis.
The Day Jimmy's boa ate the wash ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 444 libraries worldwide
A school field trip to a peaceful farm turns wild when Jimmy's pet boa constrictor escapes. Host LeVar Burton also visits a farm and a livestock fair, interviewing a man who greases a pig for a pig scramble.
Mummies made in Egypt ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 428 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Mummies made in Egypt, written by Aliki. Describes the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt.
The Patchwork quilt ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 410 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book The patchwork quilt, by Valerie Flournoy. Shot on location at Boston Children's Museum and hosted by LeVar Burton.
Amazing Grace ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 401 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman leads into a discussion of stereotyping. LeVar interviews Whoppi Goldberg, where the topic of pursuing your own dreams is discussed.
Rechenka's eggs ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 400 libraries worldwide
Natural and crafted eggs are the subject of this program hosted by LeVar Burton. The Russian story of "Rechenka's eggs" by Patricia Polacco is read, the viewer visits the author, who decorates an egg using the Ukranian art of pysanky, and 3 other books are introduced, including "The talking eggs" by Robert D. San Souci, "Stefan & Olga" by Betsy Day, and "I made it myself" by Sabine Lohf.
Paul Bunyan ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Paul Bunyan, by Steven Kellogg. Deals with a forest fire, Smokey Bear, and woodsmen competitions. Shot on location in Maine and hosted by LeVar Burton.
Music, music, everywhere ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
Brings great books to life onscreen through rich illustrations and live shows.
Alistair in outer space ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 367 libraries worldwide
Visits the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and goes on a treasure hunt through several library departments, including the Division of Maps and Globes, Book Restoration, and Film. Features the book Alistair in outer space by Marilyn Sadler, in which a fastidious little boy on his way to return his library books is captured by a spaceship and whisked into outer space. Introduces Conan the Librarian and reviews other books with related themes.
Follow the drinking gourd ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 361 libraries worldwide
Runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad by following directions in a song "The drinking gourd". Other segments include: LeVar talks about slavery: LeVar introduces students to the history, heroes, stories, and music of the African American culture which emerged from slavery ; Songs about slavery: the a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, perform and share their historical knowledge of slavery.
Dive to the coral reefs ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
The featured book "Dive to the coral reefs" written by Elizabeth Taynton, Paul Erickson and Les Kaufman, describes the formation of a coral reef and the many plants and animals that live in and around these underwater communities. Host, LeVar Burton scuba dives in the coral reefs off the Florida Keys where he encounters tropical fish and a variety of fascinating coral. Viewers will also meet a "reef doctor" who restores life to damaged reefs by transplanting living coral. Featured books are "How to hide an octopus & other sea creatures" by Ruth Heller ; "I can be an oceanographer" ; and "Creatures of the sea" by John Christopher Fine.
Watch the stars come out ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 354 libraries worldwide
A brother and sister bravely travel alone across the ocean to the United States, from the book by Riki Levinson. LeVar explores the plight of the many courageous immigrants who came to America filled with hopes and dreams.
Beverly Cleary's Ramona ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 342 libraries worldwide
Two stories about the 8-year-old Ramona and her family. Ramona's sneakers squeak and she becomes the center of attention, and Ramona learns the sadness of losing a friend and her cat, but gaining a new sibling.
Knots on a counting rope ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 321 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Knots on a counting rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. A grandfather and his blind grandson, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, reminisce about the young boy's birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse race.
Barn dance ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 316 libraries worldwide
Roy Clark reads the featured book Barn dance about a magical time when animals hold a hoedown in the barn. Host LeVar Burton goes to an old-fashioned barn dance, learns how a fiddle is made and learns something about clogging. The reviewed books are The old banjo by Dennis Haseley, I like the music by Leah Komaiko, and Half a moon and one whole star by Crescent Dragonwagon.
Feelings ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 308 libraries worldwide
Probes the world of feelings and how they affect us and those around us. Features the book "Feelings" by Aliki, which uses pictures, dialogs, poems and stories to portray various emotions we feel. Viewers get to meet Koko the gorilla and see how Koko communicates using sign language. Reviewed books are "Honey, I love and other love poems" by Eloise Greenfield, "Fireflies!" by Julie Brinckloe, and "Loudmouth George and the sixth-grade bully" by Nancy Carlson. Highlighted book is "Koko's kitten" by Dr. Francine Patterson.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 305 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of a tale from the Nandi people of Kenya, Verna Aardema's Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain. Host LeVar Burton also plans a fun-filled day around rainy weather, including an aerial charge of a thunderstorm and puddle-hopping.
Mama don't allow ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
When Miles gets a saxophone for his birthday, neither his parents nor his neighborhood can stand the racket. However, when Miles and his Swamp Band receive an invitation to play at the Alligator Ball, no one guesses what's in store for them. LeVar visits an alligator farm, takes a riverboat down the Mississippi, and meets one of New Orlean's hottest jazz saxophonists.
African Americans Animals Antiquities Books and reading Bowling balls Children's films Children's literature Children's stories Children--Books and reading Closed captioning Dinosaurs Dogs Domino toppling Drama Educational television programs Egg decoration Eggs Egypt Fables Farms Fiction Film and video adaptations Films Films for the hearing impaired Folklore Folklore Fossils--Collection and preservation Friendship Grandmothers Indians of North America Juvenile works Mice Mummies Musical instruments Music--Instruction and study New York (State)--New York Occupations Poetry Pysanky Schools Short films Storytelling Tales Television programs Television programs--for the hearing impaired Travel Ukraine United States Video recordings for the hearing impaired Video recordings--for the hearing impaired