'Reading Rainbow: Miss Nelson Is Back'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS KIDS)
Overview: Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow! For over 30 years, this beloved children's television series has been bringing stories to life. Hosted by acclaimed actor LeVar Burton, journey to exciting places and build a lasting connection with your favorite books but you don't have to take our word for it.
DVD Verdict: 'Reading Rainbow' has helped children build lasting relationships with books at home and in the classroom. The four episodes and books, featured in this DVD are "Miss Nelson Is Back," read by Ruth Buzzi, "Our Big Home," read by Naomi Judd, "How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World," read by Helen Mirren, and "Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express," read by Brian Dennehy.
"Miss Nelson Is Back" - Reader: Ruth Buzzi - Illusions appear in abundance on this program. As part of his birthday celebration, LeVar gets made-up like a movie monster, and then gets involved in Harry Blackstone's magic act. The story is all about a group of rowdy students who try to take advantage of their teacher's absence when she's out sick one day, and how she gets revenge on them by pretending to be "the meanest teacher in the world, Viola Swamp."
"Our Big Home" - Reader: Naomi Judd - LeVar visits the United Nations building to learn more about how different countries of the world try to work together. The story is a poem about how everything in the world is connected to each other and how we all must work together to make it succeed.
"How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World" - Reader: Helen Mirren - LeVar and a friend point up that following recipes and cooking foods tend very much to be science experiments. They work on recipes which include lasagna made with rice, a marinara sauce, and apple raisin muffins. This is a tale of a lady who goes to elaborate lengths to get all the ingredients to make a pie after she finds her local grocery store closed.
"Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express" - Reader: Brian Dennehy - LeVar takes a train ride from California to Washington state. Along the way, we learn about trains and how the transcontinental railroad came to be. This one is the true story of how a young teen named Kate Shelley risked her life to save the engineers of a train that crashed into a river when the bridge near her home collapsed, and how she had to get word to the nearest station to alert them to stop the express train.
Buy this incredible DVD today and expose a whole new generation to the magic of 'Reading Rainbow' with, well, the stars, of course! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.