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Series Info

Episodes: 16

Length: 15 min.

Grade Levels:
4, 5

Language Arts and Literature

Read On: Cover to Cover

Using a “cliffhanger” approach with illustrations, computer graphics, music, and narration, Read On: Cover to Cover stimulates the students’ desire to read while exposing them to a variety of exciting and well-written books. Host, John Robbins, will introduce 16 books which are chosen to broaden each student’s reading abilities, experience and appreciation for reading.

Episode Guide

1. McMummy by Betsy Byars — This tale anticipates the of discovery of what lives inside a plant pod. (Not CC)

2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry — The year is 1943 and the Nazi occupation of Denmark is at its height. Ellen Rosen is a young Jewish girl who seeks refuge with a Danish family. (Not CC)

3. Strider by Beverly Cleary — Leigh Botts, trying to deal with his parents’ divorce, is thrilled when he and Barry find an dog and agree to share custody. Then Leigh decides he wants the dog all to himself. (Not CC)

4. Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell — Tells the story of a young Navaho girl’s courage and tenacity in the face of adversity, surviving slavery and a forced march from Arizona to New Mexico in 1863. (Not CC)

5. Me, Mop and the Moondance Kid by Walter Dean Myers — The story of three children who grew up in a home for orphan children who are good kids who play terrible baseball until Sister Carmelita gets involved. (Not CC)

6. A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida — Immigrant parents struggle to do well in their adopted country, learning the sting of prejudice, yet trying to impart traditional values to their American-born children. (Not CC)

7. Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka; The Not-So-Jolly Roger by Jon Scieszka — Both books are witty “page-turners” and are part of the Time Warp Trio series. (Not CC)

8. Teacher’s Pet by Johanna Hurwitz; Attaboy Sam by Lois Lowry — Sam makes home-made perfume for his mother with hilarious results. Cricket remains the teacher’s pet while competing with a new girl in class.  (Not CC)

9. El Guero by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino — Through El Guero’s eyes, the reader sees the lowly conditions of the indigenous people of Mexico and the illegal land grabs of American filibusters. (Not CC)

10. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder — This fourth book in the “Little House ” series begins with the Ingalls family arriving in Minnesota to start a new life. (Not CC)

11. Chevrolet Saturdays by Candy Boyd — This story tells about Joey Davis, an African-American fifth grader, who is trying to cope with the frustrations of forming a stepfamily. (Not CC)

12. Pigs Might Fly by Dick King-Smith — This story is told from the point of view of the animals on and around the farm, and in particular about Daggie Dogfoot, the piglet who sets off to fly. (Not CC)

13. The Haymeadow by Gary Paulson; Hatchet by Gary Paulson — In The Haymeadow, Paulson captures the ambiance of Western ranch life. In Hatchet, he chronicles the tribulations of young Brian as he learns how to survive in the wilderness. (Not CC)

14. Daphne’s Book by Mary Downing Hahn — Twelve-year-old Jessica faces a couple of difficult choices as she befriends Daphne, a girl who is generally ostracized by her peers. (Not CC)

15. Dragonwings by Laurence Yep — This story presents honest portraits of bigots and criminals in both the Anglo-American and the Asian-American sections of San Francisco around the turn of the century. (Not CC)

16. Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder — This is the story of young Will who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in the south after his immediate family was wiped out during the Civil War. (Not CC)

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