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Friday, January 23, 2009

We're Going Old School

This is awesome! I'm not ashamed to say that this article below from Mama Pop made me smile. I even sang along with the video.

Yes, I am a child of the 80's. I watched some of the greats. Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, He Man, and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I don't know exactly what He Man and the Masters of the Universe did for my reading abilities, but I did like the show. Now that I think about it, there was always a lesson to be learned.

This is for you Mom. "I have the power!"

Now on to Mama Pop's article.

Sing it with me!!!

Take a look It's in a book Reading Raaaaaainbow!

If you're a child of the 80's, that theme song is ON DEMAND in your memory, yes? Yes. So in honor of the great LeVar Burton's impromptu rendition of the beloved ditty at a Diggnation event, let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Perhaps it was Burton's infectious smile, or the rich readings that celebs gave to the featured book of the day, but I loved Reading Rainbow FEROCIOUSLY. I would watch every day, and then beg to go to the library to pick up whatever the featured story was that particular episode. Reading Rainbow required more attention than the quick sketches of Sesame Street, was more sophisticated than the loving arms of Mr. Rogers, and was the perfect stepping stone after Easy Reader got you into books on The Electric Company.

I can go anywhere...Friends to know, and ways to grow, Reading Rainbow

But it was the actual readings of the books that entranced me. Whether it was Ozzie Davis, Julia Child, or Bill Cosby, the celebs that were asked to bring the stories to life always made the books so much more than words on a page. And it was this that encouraged kids not only to read, but ask to be read TO, which brought children and their parents together in a bonding experience like few others.

I can be anything! Take a look, it's in a book, Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow went off the air, sadly, in 2006, after 23 years. 23 YEARS! But the long-reaching effects of the show, and of the beloved host are still seen in the adults that were taught to love reading by LeVar and his adventures. Witness this year's Diggnation, where Burton was a guest. When he took the stage, the crowd went ballistic, and joined him in a chorus of the admittedly AWESOME theme song.

But you don't have to take MY word for it.

The man himself, LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow.

Article by Mama Pop

1 thoughtful comments:

mommiebear2 said...

I remember how much I enjoyed watching this show. I also recall getting into trouble in school because I would try to end my essays in "But you dont have to take my word for it......" :)

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