1 VHS videocassette, 10 minutes.
Why is clothing a basic need? Where does it come from and what is it made of? As two lovable aliens examine these and other questions, young viewers are given a complete lesson in this very basic need which protects people from the weather. They are shown why it requires the help of other people who cultivate and weave natural and man-made fibers, to the tailors and sales people who sell the finished product.
Everybody Needs Clothing
1 videocassette, 18 minutes, + teacher's guide
Examines the importance of clothing and how clothes are produced around the world, covering natural and synthetic materials, and clothes for special purposes and occasions.
Reading Rainbow: Purple Coat
1 VHS videocassette 30 minutes, 4 hardback books, 1 teachers guideEvery year Grandpa makes Gabrielle a navy blue coat, but this year she wants something new. Inspired by THE PURPLE COAT by Amy Hest and narrated by Jack Gilford, LeVar visits New York City's garment district and has a coat made especially for him. Students also visit the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Book titles: Pablo Picasso; Goat in the Rug; How a Book is Made; Purple Coat.
Joseph had a Little Overcoat
1 VHS videocassette 10 minutes + teacher's guide. K-3
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
Reading Rainbow: Patchwork Quilt
1 VHS videocassette 30 minutes, 3 hardback books, 2 teachers guides, 4 dittos, grade K - 5.
Book titles: Being Adopted; Two of the Them; Patchwork Quilt.
Narrated by Isabel Sanford, written by Valerie Flournoy and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, tells the story of a young girl who learns the secret ingredient in her Grandma's special quilt of memories. LeVar discovers kids learning to make their own brightly-colored quilts at the Boston Children's museum, a hands-on museum where folk traditions are kept alive.
Pocket for Corduroy
1 VHS videocassette 20 minutes, grade K- 2.
Story of a lost teddy bear and its adventures in getting home. Based on the book by Don Freeman.