“Take a look, it’s in a book…”

After 26 years on the air, “Reading Rainbow” has reached its final chapter.

“Reading Rainbow” was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. I think it help turn me into the voracious reader I am today. And without “Reading Rainbow,” I never would have discovered “Star Trek: TNG,” which was and still is one of my favorite shows of all time.

But my favorite episode of all had to be “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.” The story was read by James Earl Jones, and he really brought it to lif e for me.
Being young and fascinated with television, I remember being awed that our little school library had some of the books that were on “Reading Rainbow.” I would check them out and feel amazed that I was reading the same book I had seen on TV.

It saddens me that this much-loved show has come to an end. And it frustrates me that funding was cut because it was felt that emphasis needed to be placed on teaching kids to read, not why they should read. To me, why would kids want to apply themselves to reading if they don’t have a reason for doing so?

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high,
Take a look, it’s in a book — Reading Rainbow …

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