BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY
By focusing on literature’s ability to take readers to extraordinary places and experience different perspectives, READING RAINBOW inspired a love of reading in America’s homes and classrooms for more than 26 years, encouraging children to prioritize books over television. Airing on PBS, the educational children’s series blended nonfiction storytelling with narrative literature. Each episode used a topic from a children’s book to craft an adventure with its host LeVar Burton, who tenderly introduced viewers to a multifaceted, expansive world while demonstrating attentive respect for his young onscreen counterparts. BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY chronicles the show’s journey from inception to its final episode in 2006. This behind-the-scenes profile will delight both ardent fans and newcomers, featuring interviews with various contributors, from the creators to former book-review kids. It’s a fitting tribute to a cultural phenomenon that transformed perceptions about reading for generations of American kids. But you don’t have to take our word for it!
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