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Great Plains National (Firm)

Works: 588 works in 770 publications in 1 language and 9,759 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Drama  Children's films  Children's television programs  Film adaptations  Fiction  Action and adventure films  Educational television programs  War films  Nature films 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Publications about Great Plains National (Firm)
Publications by Great Plains National (Firm)
Most widely held works by Great Plains National (Firm)
Follow the drinking gourd a story of the Underground Railroad by Jeanette Winter( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 206 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 much is a million? by David M Schwartz( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 192 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
Bugs! a rainforest adventure by Nancy Winslow Parker( visu )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 190 libraries worldwide
Viewers learn where insects live, what they're good for, how they grow and more. Featured book is Bugs by Nancy Winslow Parker and Joan Richards Wright. The reviewed books are: Ant cities by Arthur Dorros, Backyard insects by Millicent E. Selsam and Ronald Goor, and Ladybug by Barrie Watts
Digging up dinosaurs by Aliki( visu )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 179 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 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 175 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
Dinosaur Bob and his adventures with the family Lazardo by William Joyce( visu )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 174 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
Mummies made in Egypt ( visu )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 172 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
Zin! zin! zin! a violin by Reading Rainbow( visu )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 169 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
Enemy pie ( visu )
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
Hail to mail ( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 152 libraries worldwide
LeVar Burton takes viewers behind the scenes of the postal service, and a stamp collector talks about his hobby
Seashore surprises ( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 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
Fly away home by Carroll Ballard( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 146 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
Giving thanks a Native American good morning message ( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 139 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
Watch the stars come out by Riki Levinson( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
LeVar explores the plight of the many courageous immigrants who came to America filled with hopes and dreams
Ox-cart man by Donald Hall( visu )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 135 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
Max by Menno Meyjes( visu )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
Max, the young son of superheroes, is a late bloomer when it comes to flying, until he is inspired by the plight of a falling baby bird. Join LeVar as he discovers what inpires fire fighters. Go on a wildlife center rescue mission to see how they rescue, rehabilitate and release animals
Hill of fire by Thomas P Lewis( visu )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2008 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
The salamander room ( visu )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
A reading of the book, "Salamander room" by Anne Mazer. Discusses how animal habitats are created. Viewers visit Jungle World at the Bronx Zoo, and learn how the environment was created
Always my dad ( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 133 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
Miss Nelson is back by Harry Allard( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 133 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
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controlled identity GPN Educational Media

controlled identity Great Plains National Instructional Library

Nebraska Educational Television Network. Great Plains National
University of Nebraska--Lincoln. Great Plains National
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