Leona & Lionel - Pair of sister and
brother lions on the award-winning children's program BETWEEN THE
LIONS/PBS/2000. Funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant from the US
Department of Education through the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, the program's 70 episodes (produced by WGBH and Sirius
Thinking, Ltd.) foster literacy skills and promotes the message "Get
Wild About Reading." to kids four to seven years old.
The show follows the adventures of two lion cubs, Lionel (7) and
Leona (4) as they read books to each other and their parents, Cleo
and Theo. Leona also hosts a segment called "Between the Covers" and
literally enters books so she can report on what's happening inside.
Friends of the Lion family are Martha Reader and the Vowelles, a
singing group who sing songs emphasizing vowels; Cliff Hanger, the
star of an adventure series that spotlight words and sounds, Click
the Mouse, half-cyborg rodent who runs the library where Lionel and
Leona visit to check out books (Click can "drop and drag" characters
into books); Heath the Thesaurus, an old dinosaur-like creature who
lives in the library basement and runs the reference department;
Barnaby B. Busterfiled III, the bust of the nineteenth century
founder of the library which rests on a niche in the library and
comes to life from time to time to offer commentary; and Walter and
Clay Pigeon, two birds who live in the ceiling dome of the library
and often perch on Barnaby's head.
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