Great Plains National (Firm)
Most widely held works by Great Plains National (Firm)
Follow the drinking gourd ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 198 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.
Bugs ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
Bugs includes general information, jokes and descriptions of the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of a variety of common insects. Other segments include: LeVar visits Insect world: with the assistance of an entomologist LeVar discovers the uniqueness of a wide variety of bugs and insects at Cincinnati Zoo's Insect World ; See the migration of Monarch Butterflies: take a trip to the mountains in Mexico to find out where monarch butterflies go when they migrate for the winter.
How much is a million ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
A mathematical magician helps readers conceptualize a million, a billion, and a trillion. Other segments include: Really big numbers: LeVar explores ways of counting large numbers as he talks to people who share grouping and estimating techniques ; How crayons are made: a visit to the Crayola Crayon Factory shows how crayons are made and talk about the large number of crayons they handle in their jobs ; Football estimation: a visit to Giants Stadium shows how vendors and stadium employees use estimation to prepare for game day.
Digging up dinosaurs ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 183 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.
Germs make me sick ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 181 libraries worldwide
The book explains what germs are, how bacteria and viruses affect the human body, and how the body fights against them. Other segments include: Finding out about germs: LeVar uses a microscope to discover what germs really look like ; How your body fights germs: animation featuring the body's defense team works in action ; How bacteria can help: a visit to an organic farm illustrates how micro-organisms are important to growing food.
Mummies made in Egypt ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 169 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.
Enemy pie ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.
Zin! zin! zin! a violin ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
Zin! zin! zin! : a violin, by Lloyd Moss, explores the melodious, rhythmical, mathematical groupings that make music fun. LeVar visits the Julliard School of Music and the percussion performers, STOMP. Books reviewed are Max found two sticks by Brian Pinkney, Meet the orchestra by Ann Hayes, and The maestro plays by Bill Martin jr.
Seashore surprises ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
Explains how waves, sand, and pebbles form at the seashore and describes the animals, plants, and shells that can be found on the beach when the tide goes out. Other segments: Suprises on the shore: LeVar shows how the shoreline is constantly changed by the wind, sun, and sea. He explores an island beach and finds seaweed, coral, waves, and animals that live inside shells ; Surprises in the sea: red mangrove trees and the animals that live in them on the non-beach side of the island are explored.
Dinosaur Bob and his adventures with the family Lazardo ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
Featured book Dinosaur Bob and his adventures with the family Lazardo about a dinosaur brought home from Africa which earns his right to stay in town by saving the baseball team from another loss is read by Ed Asner. Host LeVar Burton goes to the Oakland Athletics training camp, and watches a youth softball game. Reviewed books are Ronald Morgan goes to bat, Old Turtle's baseball stories and Casey at the bat.
Hail to mail ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
Follow a letter on its intricate journey through the world to find its recipient.
Fly away home ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
Fly away home is a story of a homeless boy and his father who live in an airport. Other segments include: Views from the street: which features homeless children ; Losing your home: children left homeless from a fire express their feeling about homelessness ; Community help: describes the work of an organization called Common Sense, whose members collect pennies and use them to buy items for homeless shelters. Also features a teenager describing why he volunteers at a food distribution organization called City Harvest.
Chickens aren't the only ones ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 137 libraries worldwide
Chickens aren't the only animals that lay eggs. The featured book explains that many animals lay eggs and they are called oviparous. Other segments include: Which came first - the chicken or the egg?: LeVar goes to the Moyer Hatchery to ask the roosters & hens that question ; I'm breaking out: features a visit to an incubator room at the hatchery and a baby chick hatching from it's shell ; Loggerhead turtles: a turtle biologist joins LeVar to watch loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the sand, later they return to watch the turtles hatch and make their way back to the ocean.
Giving thanks a Native American good morning message ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 135 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.
Hill of fire ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
In a work of fiction, the birth of the Parícutin volcano is presented. Then, while at Volcano National Park in Hawaii, LeVar is only 2,000 feet from a major eruption of Kilauea Volcano. He tells about two kinds of lava and why volcanoes occur. LeVar talks to volcanologists who are studying the prediction of eruptions, and viewers learn what is inside our earth that causes volcanoes. LeVar also visits an artist--Chiu Leong--who creates raku pottery.
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.
Badger's parting gifts ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 127 libraries worldwide
After badger's death his friends comfort themselves by remembering personal moments and the good times they shared with their beloved pal. Other segments include: In remembrance: LeVar shares fond memories of his grandmother and her wonderful cooking. LeVar joins kids at Staten Island Academy working on artwork in remembrance of loved ones ; Let the spirit move you: a dancer at Alvin Ailey Dance Company shares how the founder's spirit is still present.
Always my dad ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
A girl, whose parents are divorced, doesn't see her father very often but frequently thinks about him and treasures the time they have together. Other segments include: Family day picnic: LeVar joins a family day picnic and shares how he grew up in a single-parent family ; Love to go around: meet a single parent family and see how these four children and their father manage their lives together by sharing lots of love ; A special bond: a boy who doesn't hear from his father often shares how the Big Brother Big Sister program has paired him with a special friend.
Bread is for eating ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
In Bread is for eating, the love and hard work that goes into making a loaf of bread, from seeds to supermarket. Levar tries his hand at breadmaking and discusses the history of this very basic food.
Our big home an earth poem ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
The story describes the water, air, soil, sky, sun, and more shared by all living creatures on Earth. In a field trip, LeVar Burton visits the United Nations and explores ways children can help others both locally and across the world.
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