Back On The Rainbow: Reviving A Classic Show With Technology

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Back On The Rainbow: Reviving A Classic Show With Technology

Via The LA Times:

"Butterfly in the sky... I can go twice as high..." These opening lines, accompanied by building synthesizer chords, are enough to trigger nostalgia from most book nerds who grew up in the '80s. Now, a whole new generation will be introduced to the Reading Rainbow and LeVar Burton's book-based adventures.

"The unvarnished truth is that we have spent the last decade funding the machinery of war, and our children have been sacrificed," the surprisingly political Burton said in a recent interview discussing the show's revival. "And that's not okay. I genuinely believe we have an opportunity to revolutionize how we educate our children."

The show is back exclusively on the iPad, currently offering 150 books aimed children ages 3 to 9—the age where kids are "on the cusp of cracking the code and [who] just cracked the code, setting the lifelong pattern for whether they will be a reader or not," Burton said.

It's free to download for limited access to content; a monthly subscription of $9.99 gives unlimited access—or $29.99 for six months.

I can only hope the producers keep the cheesy '80s intro graphics.

Image via Gizmodo

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week July 9, 2012 - 11:41am

This is kind of awesome.