Most widely held works by Mark Mannucci
Stellaluna ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 447 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.
Rechenka's eggs ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 402 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.
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.
Zin! zin! zin! a violin ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 289 libraries worldwide
Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
Tar beach ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
Host LeVar Burton introduces the book "Tar beach" by Faith Ringgold about a young girl's dream of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Also includes discussions about other activities on the rooftops of New York City, a suspension bridge in the city, and booktalks about "I'm flying" by Alan Wade, "To sleep" by James Sage, and "On Grandma's roof" by Erica Silverman.
The wall ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
Inspired by the moving story of The wall, host LeVar Burton visits the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C. Viewers meet Maya Lin, the talented young architect who designed this amazing monument. A look at Mount Rushmore and a mural dedicated to Louis Armstrong expands the concept of walls as a way to pay tribute to those who have gone before. Three books are also reviewed: "Tillie and the wall" by Leo Lionni, "All those secrets of the world" by Jane Yolen, and "My grandson, Lew" by Charlotte Zolotow.
Through moon and stars and night skies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 267 libraries worldwide
Stories about adoption from children who were adopted, including a book titled "Through moon and stars and night skys" by Ann Turner, about a boy from a foreign country who is adopted in America. Additional books reviewed include "Horace" by Holly Keller, "Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers : a collection of family poems" by Mary Ann Hoberman, and "Free to be--a family : a book about all kinds of belonging" by Marlo Thomas and Friends.
Mrs. Katz and Tush ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
A discussion of relationships that transcend age and cultural differences leads to the reading of "Mrs. Katz and Tush" by Patricia Polacco. LeVar's relationship with his "bubbie" shows another example.
Tau the lion ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 236 libraries worldwide
Tau the lion tells about life on the African plain.
Bugs ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 198 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.
Dive to the coral reefs ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 185 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.
Silent lotus ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Silent lotus" by Jeanne M. Lee about a little deaf girl who can communicate with her world through dance. Host LeVar Burton introduces viewers to the world of non-verbal communication and even tries his hand at sign language. Additional books reviewed: "The handmade alphabet" by Laura Rankin ; "Hand rhymes" collected and illustrated by Marc Brown ; "Amy : the story of a deaf child" by Lou Ann Walker.
Fly away home ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 164 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.
My shadow ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Host LeVar Burton introduces the book My shadow, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Ted Rand, which is an illustrated version of the poem in which a child describes her relationship with her shadow. Also discussed are light and shadow, shadow plays, and shadows in photography. Reviewed books are "Shadows and reflections" by Tana Hoban, "I have a friend" by Keiko Narahashi, and "Shadowgraphs anyone can make" by Phila H. Webb and Jane Corby.
Berlioz the bear ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Berlioz the bear" by Jan Brett about a musical group of bears is followed by host LeVar Burton's visit to the streets of New York City to see the street musicians and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Additional books reviewed: "The Science book of sound" by Neil Ardley, "Georgia music" by Helen V. Griffith, and the "Introduction to musical instruments series" by Dee Lillegard.
Seashore surprises ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 145 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.
Is this a house for Hermit Crab ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
When Hermit Crab outgrows his old house, he ventures out to find a new one.
Mufaro's beautiful daughters an African tale ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 140 libraries worldwide
Presents a reading of the book Mufaro's beautiful daughters written by John Steptoe. Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
The lotus seed ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
Host LeVar Burton introduces the book The lotus seed by Sherry Garland about a young Vietnamese woman who, when forced to flee her country, takes a lotus seed with her as a warm reminder of her past. Also, a Vietnamese girl, a Muslim boy from Yemen, a girl from South Africa, and other immigrants talk about their lives in the United States. Other books mentioned are I'm new here by Bud Howlett, Halmoni and the picnic by Sook Nyul Choi, and Grandfather's journey by Allen Say.
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.
Adoption Africa African Americans Animals--Habitations Bats Bears Birds Children's films Children's literature Children--Books and reading Coral reef biology Coral reefs and islands Drama Easter eggs Educational television programs Egg decoration Eggs Families Fiction Film and video adaptations Films Films for the hearing impaired Folklore Friendship Fugitive slaves Handicraft Insects Juvenile works Lion Marine invertebrates Monarch butterfly Musical instruments New York (State)--New York Nonverbal communication Parent and child Poetry Pysanky Roofs Seashore biology Shades and shadows Slavery Suspension bridges Television programs Television programs--for the hearing impaired Ukraine Underground Railroad United States Video recordings for the hearing impaired Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, D.C.)