Great Plains National Instructional Television Library
Most widely held works about Great Plains National Instructional Television Library
Most widely held works by Great Plains National Instructional Television Library
Digging up dinosaurs ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 688 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.
Bugs ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 464 libraries worldwide
Viewers learn where insects live, what they're good for, how they grow and more.
Stellaluna ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 451 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 )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 446 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.
Germs make me sick ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 442 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 )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and held by 439 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.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 422 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.
How much is a million ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 418 libraries worldwide
LeVar Burton scours the streets of New York City trying to figure out exactly how much is a "million." Viewers visit the Crayola factory in Pennsylvania to see how millions of crayons are made, and New Jersey's Giants Stadium to see how the stadium crew and concession vendors prepare for the giant crowd on game day.
Amazing Grace ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 406 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.
The Patchwork quilt ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 405 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.
Rechenka's eggs ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 403 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.
Hill of fire ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 394 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.
The legend of the Indian paintbrush ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 383 libraries worldwide
Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.
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.
Gregory the terrible eater ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 376 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.
Zin! zin! zin! a violin ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
Follow the drinking gourd ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 371 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.
How to make an apple pie and see the world ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
The reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for an apple pie.
A Chair for my mother ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book A chair for my mother, by Vera Williams. Host LeVar Burton carries through the story line about members of a family who team up and work together to rebuild their lives after a tragic fire, as he and his friends create a song and dance number called Teamwork.
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