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Between the Lions; Spicy Hot Colors; Yesterday I Had The Blues

BETWEEN THE LIONS 702 Spicy Hot Colors and Yesterday I Had the Blues Running Time: 28:46 WGBH, Sirius Thinking, MPB

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Between the Lions
Spicy Hot Colors; Yesterday I Had The Blues
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BETWEEN THE LIONS is designed to open up a world of literature and learning for 4-7 year-old children. The daily, half-hour series is named for a family of lions -- Theo and Cleo and their cubs, Lionel and Leona. They run a library where books, words, and story characters come vividly and magically to life, transforming the sometimes confusing process of learning to read into an entertaining adventure for young viewers. Each of BETWEEN THE LIONS' 30 episodes centers on a book or other reading material that the lions and their friends discover in the library. In addition to its lions family, BETWEEN THE LIONS features an eclectic cast of characters including Click the Mouse, the library's cyborg communications expert; Cliff Hanger, a swashbuckling comic book hero who escapes from sticky situations through quick thinking and literacy skills; Tiger Words, a multi-talented sports figure who plays with vowels and consonants instead of golf balls and tees; Martha Reads and the Vowelles, a rhythm and blues group that sings only vowel sounds, and the stalwart knights of "Gawain's World" whose jousting matches create words instead of wounds. At the core of each episode is a state-of the-art curriculum designed to teach reading skills. Several of the nation's leading experts on reading and literacy have worked with the producers to develop a viewing experience that not only will motivate kids to read and write, but give them the skills to do so. Series release date: 4/2000

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Season 7: 2007 A colorful piñata holds a meaty surprise for the Lions, who experience a dazzling array of colorful feelings as they read, play, and hope for the rain to end.

Key word: colors Target sound: hard c New vocabulary: cactus, castanets, cilantro, gourds, iguanas, piñatas, sarapes, skeletons, sombreros

Featured vocabulary: colors (blue, golden, gray, green, indigo, pink, red, silver, yellow); emotions and feelings (the blues, cry, distraught, happy, laugh, miserable, sad, scared, smile) New vocabulary: fabulous, fantastic, marvelous, splendid, swell, terrific



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Stoia, Judy (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Between the Lions; Spicy Hot Colors; Yesterday I Had The Blues,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2BB59A85E8C44E38A6F0AAD3E05F8376.
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