Between the Lions (1999– )

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Live-action and animation blend together in this educational fantasy about a family of lions running a library filled with adventurous and musical books.


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Lions Theo and Cleo and their cubs Lionel and Leona have many adventures at their library. Usually surrounding the many books within. Whether a daring story about Cliff Hanger, a vocabulary lesson from Chicken Jane, a song from the Monkey Pop-Up Theater and the Vowelles, as well as the lion family in a few zany skits of their own, such as Theo and Cleo as French chefs or Theo and Cleo as pop singers. There's no telling what can happen when you read...Between the Lions! Written by Dylan Self <>

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[Theo has accidentally scared Leona with a mask he had made]
Theo: Oh Leona, oh baby I'm sorry. Daddy's so sorry. Oh, I terrified my little girl. What kind of father am I?
Lionel: I don't know. What kind of father are you?
Cleo: A very good father. That's what kind.
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At the beginning of every show before the opening sequence, Announcer Bunny pops up and shows us a small preview of what we'll see in the upcoming episode. Then, Cleo and Theo are heard reading off the sponsors and occasionally slipping in a few comments. See more »


References The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981) See more »

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21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is exactly how I learned how to read. My grandmother gave me what we call the "AT list" You know, words that end it "-at" like, bat, fat, sat, you know. This is exactly the kind of reading this show teaches. And it teaches family values too! I think we should incorporate it into school cirriculums. I know I would! (And I'm a teaching assistant!)

I spent a lot of time last year teaching children how to read, but using the methods described in the teacher's book just got the kids more and more confused. So I brought a game of Scrabble to school with me, and followed what they do on the show, I based the entire lesson on one sound, or taught them how silent "e" can change vowel sounds, like pin and pine or plan and plane. And the kids started learning! it was fantastic!

Great for kids. 9 out of 10!

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