Most widely held works by Cecily Truett
Hot-air Henry ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Hot-air Henry, by Mary Calhoun. Host LeVar Burton attends a colorful national ballooning event in South Carolina. He then provides a comical look into the past at some flying machines that didn't. Three books are also reviewed: "Easy-to-make spaceships that really fly" by Mary Blocksma and Dewey Blocksma, "The big balloon race" by Eleanor Coerr, and "Just us women" by Jeannette Caines.
Abiyoyo ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
Reveals some of the ways a story can be told with music, including music videos and dance. Features the book Abiyoyo, which is based on a South African lullaby with text by Pete Seeger. Reviews other books with related themes.
The life cycle of the honeybee ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Host Levar Burton visits a real-life beekeeper and examines a beehive. Viewers will learn how honey is extracted from combs and how important the queen bee is to a well-organized hive.
Imogene's antlers ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Travels to the Philadelphia Zoo to get a close-up look at various animals strutting with their horns, antlers, feathers, colors, stripes and a multitude of animal fashions. Features the book Imogene's antlers by David Small, in which a young girl wakes up one morning to discover that she has grown antlers. Reviews other book with related themes.
Miss Nelson is back ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 129 libraries worldwide
Discusses surprises and disguises and presents a reading of the book, Miss Nelson is back, by Harry Allard and James Marshall. While Miss Nelson is away her students decide to create a lookalike to fool their principal. Their substitute teacher, Miss Swamp, sets things straight.
Arthur's eyes ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Arthur's eyes, in which a boy shy about wearing glasses finds himself in some awkward scrapes. Also features a poem from Arnold Adoff's All the colors of the race, read by Maya Angelou. Animated.
Animal cafe ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 115 libraries worldwide
Explores New York City at night to look at what really happens during the late night hours into the wee hours of the morning. Features the book "Animal cafe" by John Stadler where Maxwell finds that the food on his shop shelves has vansihed overnight and his cash register is stuffed with money. This makes him wonder what really happens during the middle of the night. LeVar takes us to into Bracken Cave, Texas, with Dr. Merlin Tuttle, to explain all about bats. Review books are "The moon" by Robert Louis Stevenson, "The dream eater" by Christian Garrison, and "Night markets: bringing food to a city" by Joshua Horwitz.
Feelings ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 115 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.
Best friends ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
Two best friends learn to share a puppy and LeVar meets eight golden retriever puppies. Reviewed books are "The story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless her cat" by Lore Segal, "A gift for Tia Rosa" by Karen T. Taha, and "The puppy who wanted a boy" by Jane Thayer.
Louis the fish ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Louis the fish, by Arthur Yorinks. Host LeVar Burton explores tidal pools and other waters for exotic marine life. Reviewed books are "Where the wild things are" by Maurice Sendak, "A Fish hatches" by Joanna Cole, and "One Monday morning" by Uri Shulevitz.
Liang and the magic paintbrush ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
An old Chinese legend, about a boy who finds a paintbrush that magically brings pictures to life leads host LeVar Burton to participate in a lion dance in New York City's Chinatown and to explore calligraphy and computer art. Three books are also reviewed: "Emma" by Wendy Kesselman, "Ben's trumpet" by Rachel Isadora, and "If you take a pencil" by Fulvio Testa.
Perfect the pig ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
"Perfect the pig" is a story in which a pig gets his wish of having wings and it makes his life almost perfect. Host LeVar Burton meets Kermit the Frog in the library. Reveiwed books are "Poinsettia and her family" by Felicia Bond, "The bionic bunny show" by Marc Brown and Laurene Krasny Brown, and "Hector, the accordion-nosed dog" by John Stadler. Highlighted book is "The book of pigericks" by Arnold Lobel.
Mummies made in Egypt ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
"Mummies made in Egypt" by Aliki describes the techniques and reasons people used mummification in ancient Egypt. Host LeVar Burton visits museums to look at mummies and watch research and restoration work being done on mummies in museum collections. Reviewed books are "A peddler's dream" by Janice Shefelman, "Alvin Ailey" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and "Zora Hurston and the chinaberry tree" by William Miller.
Meanwhile back at the ranch ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
"Meanwhile back at the ranch" by Trinka Hakes Noble is a story about a rancher who drives to Sleepy Gulch and misses an eventful day back home. Host LeVar Burton experiences the Old West as he rides a stagecoach across the Arizona desert and visits Old Tucson, an authentic western town. He gets a taste of cowboy life when he wears true western garb, complete with spurs, chaps and a ten-gallon hat. Viewers meet a stunt woman who demonstrates rope tricks and stunts on horseback. Reviewed books are "Dakota dugout" by Ann Turner, "Bossyboots" by David Cox, and "Rodeo" by Cheryl Walsh Bellville.
Reading rainbow. Miss Nelson is back ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Discusses surprises and disguises and presents a reading of the book, Miss Nelson is back, by Harry Allard and James Marshall. While Miss Nelson is away her students decide to create a lookalike to fool their principal. Their substitute teacher, Miss Swamp, sets things straight. Review books - Grandmama's Joy by Eloise Greenfield ; Daddy is a monster sometimes by John Steptoe ; Harlequin and the gift of many colors by Remy Charlip and Burton Supree.
Reading rainbow. Perfect the pig ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Imagine a pig with wings! A tiny pig is granted his wish, which leads to an almost perfect life. Levar visits the library where he meets Kermit the Frog and they talk about books and pigs...including Miss Piggy. Review books - Poinsettia and her family by Felicia Bond ; The bionic bunny show by Marc Brown and Laurene Krasny Brown ; Hector, the accordion-nosed dog by John Stadler. Highlighted book - The book of pigericks by Arnold Lobel
Reading rainbow. [1993-10-18], Follow the drinking gourd ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
"Program-Synopsis: The show Follow the Drinking Gourd explores an infamous chapter in America's history. As host LeVar Burton celebrates the road to freedom paved by the Underground Railroad, he introduces viewers to the history, heroes, stories and music of the African-American culture which emerged from slavery"--1993 Peabody Awards form entry excerpt. Through drawings, music, and re-enactments, this program looks at slaves and slavery and the story of the underground railroad, as told in the story, Follow the drinking gourd. The drinking gourd was representative of the Big Dipper, which runaway slaves were told to follow on their journey north along the underground railroad. The program also includes songs performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock and Georgia Sea Island Singers, and recommended related books.
The patchwork quilt ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, a young girl learns the secret ingredient in her grandmother's special quilt of memories. In this episode LeVar goes to the Boston Children's Museum, where he discovers kids learning to make their own brightly-colored patchwork quilts. Then he explores how three generations of an Italian American family work together in their food store making some of the foods that are store specialties.
The Legend of the Indian paintbrush ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Harold Littlebird reads "The legend of the Indian paintbrush" retold by Tomie de Paola. It is the story of an Indian boy's journey as he follows his visionquest to find the special gift for his people. Host LeVar Burton visits Taos, New Mexico, where he talks with three Pueblo artists. Barbara Feldon reads "The life cycle of the honeybee" by Paula Z. Hogan. Host LeVar Burton visits a beekeeper and examines a beehive.
A chair for my mother ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
A child, her mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable chair after all their furniture is lost in a fire. Teamwork is the emphasis of the program as it demonstrates working together helps to accomplish more than one individual working alone. LeVar Burton also visits with a dance troupe and a fire fighter's school.
Animals Animated films Animated films Balloons Bats Bees--Behavior Books and reading Butchers Calligraphy, Chinese Children's films Children's literature Children's stories Children--Books and reading China Chinese Americans--Social life and customs Computer art Dogs Drama Educational television programs Emotions Eyeglasses Fiction Film and video adaptations Films Films for the hearing impaired Fishes Flying-machines Friendship Giants Juvenile works Kermit the Frog (Fictitious character) Koko (Gorilla) Magicians Music videos New York (State)--New York Night Nocturnal animals Occupations Restaurants Schools Sharing Sound recordings Storytelling Swine Tales Teachers Television programs Travel United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired