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Between the Lions; Leading the Way to Literacy


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Between the Lions
Leading the Way to Literacy
Series Description

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

Program Description

Meet literacy experts with lots of helpful tips about what you can do to help your kid learn to read and write. Then watch a family put these tips into action and make together time both fun and educational.

These clips are from a WGBH video that won the Parent's Guide to Children's Media award and honorable mention at the 48th Columbus International Film and Video Festival.

Reading with Children Reading aloud to your kids is the best way to help them learn to read. Take a look at how this family makes reading aloud to their kids a part of their daily routine.

Talking, Singing, Rhyming Telling stories to children prepares them to read stories in books. Take a look at how this family shares their family history with their child through stories, photographs and songs.

Words All Around Us Words don't exist only in books: they're all around you! Take a look, and you'll see how you can turn everyday errands like grocery shopping into opportunities for learning.

Art and Writing Kids love to draw, and they love to look at pictures. Here's how to take these kid interests and turn them into opportunities to build your kid's reading and writing skills.

A Visit to the Library The library is a fantastic resource for books, videos, DVDs, computer software and more. See how this family gets the most from their library.

Exploring with Computers Here's how to use kids software, email, and the Internet to get your kids excited about reading and writing.



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Stoia, Judy (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Between the Lions; Leading the Way to Literacy,” 03/31/2000, GBH Archives, accessed March 1, 2024,
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