Most widely held works by Larry Lancit
Digging up dinosaurs ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Introduces readers to many types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums and explains how scientists uncover, preserve, and study fossils. Other segments: The mysteries of dinosaurs: LeVar buries a time capsule and relates this activity to what we find now when we look at dinosaurs from the past ; What makes a dinosaur?: dino-history poem with visuals of present day animals who are related to dinosaurs ; Let's dig up fossils: a visit to the Dinosaur National Monument where dinosaur fossils are dug.
Mummies made in Egypt ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 186 libraries worldwide
Corinne Orr reads the featured book by Aliki, Mummies made in 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 include "I can be an archaeologist" by Robert B. Pickering, "Bill and Pete go down the Nile," by Tomie de Paola, and "Visiting the art museum" by Laurence Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
The day Jimmy's boa ate the wash ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 184 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book The day Jimmy's boa ate the wash, by Trinka Hakes Noble. Host LeVar Burton also visits an exotic pet shop, a farm, and a livestock fair.
Abiyoyo ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 177 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.
Liang and the magic paintbrush ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of an old Chinese legend, Liang and the magic paintbrush, by Demi. Host LeVar Burton participates in a lion dance in New York City's Chinatown and explores computer art.
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.
Pet stories you don't have to walk ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
LeVar experiences the joys of pet ownership when he and his canine companion, Roy, hang out at the "U-Wash-Doggie" and have a birthday celebration for Roy at "The Three Dog Bakery." Viewers learn about pet adoption and meet Baldo and his pet parrot Bubu. In one segment, the owner of Scarlett, the cat who rescued her five kittens from a fire, relates the story of her special pet.
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.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 166 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.
Imogene's antlers ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 158 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.
The Tortoise and the hare ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book The tortoise and the hare, by Janet Stevens.
The patchwork quilt ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 150 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.
Gregory the terrible eater ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tin cans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice. Host LeVar Burton also visits a zoo to find out some surprising facts about the eating habits of goats and other animals.
Giving thanks a Native American good morning message ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
This prayer of the Iroquois Indians celebrates the precious and rare gift of the natural world and the resources of the Earth. Other segments include: Visit a cranberry farm: LeVar visits a Maine cranberry farm and shows how cranberries are grown, and harvested ; Clay from the earth: a visit to Pueblo, AZ provides an introduction to the process and traditions of creating beautiful Pueblo pottery ; Planting a tree: kids in New York City tell about why they are planting a tree in their neighborhood.
The robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 130 libraries worldwide
Peter Falk reads the featured book The robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner about a talkative chicken named Gloria Feathers who tries to outwit a couple of Diamond Robber Mutts. Host LeVar Burton goes behind the grill at Rosie's Diner and gets a quick lesson on becoming a short-order cook. Viewers also get a close-up look at how pasta is made. Reviewed books are Aunt Eater loves a mystery by Doug Cushman, Better Homes and Gardens Step-by-step kids' cook book and A cache of jewels and other collective nouns by Ruth Heller.
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.
Alejandro's gift ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
In Alejandro's gift, by Richard E. Albert, Alejandro creates an oasis at his house in the desert as a gift for all of the animals that live near him. Also, in this program, host LeVar Burton discovers an oasis in the California desert and travels to Niagara Falls. The books It rained on the desert today, by Ken and Debby Buchanan, The desert alphabet book, by Jerry Pallotta, and Water, water everywhere, by Mark J. Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix are reviewed.
Ox-cart man ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
Lorne Green reads "Ox-cart man" by Donald Hall, a story of family life in 19th century New England, and host LeVar Buton visits Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, a hands-on living museum. The books reviewed are "Round trip" by Ann Jonas, "A winter place" by Ruth Yaffe Radin, and "Wagon wheels" by Barbara Brenner.
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.
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