Picks and Pans Review: Reading Rainbow

updated 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (10:30-11 a.m. ET)

LeVar Burton is the host of this half-hour series designed to encourage children to read during summer vacations. Each of the 15 weekly episodes highlights one children's book, telling the story and elucidating it through animation and supplementary features. The premiere episode features Tight Times, a novel by Barbara Shook Hazen about a little boy who cannot have a dog because of hard financial times. It's a relevant tale, charmingly read by a young boy. The program also includes reviews of other books by youngsters and a junior Fame dance number at the library. Burton is a likable personality, and this series is an engaging blend of instruction and entertainment.

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