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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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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fun and developmentally appropriate!
12 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

i have to give wgbh props for making this show. this show is great for kindergarteners and early elementary children! the whole cast of puppet characters are so cute and the fast-paced and creative segments are sure to entertain kids while parents will be amused by the witty puns: for instance, gawain's word (wayne's world)and even the title between the lions (between the lines) are just a sample. the show really brings books to life for kids, especially when characters pop out of the pages of the novels. additionally, during the story readings, the narrator's words are highlighted so that children can follow along... this is especially important since one of the most important steps of literacy is to recognize words with their sound. there are also segments and songs about vowel sounds and sounding out words. this show is very innovative in the way it presents reading... i'm sure you'll agree once you watch the show.

perhaps those people who don't understand the purpose of this show might find it a little cheesy, but one must remember that who the targeted audience of this show is: young children, and while adults might find the humor banal, little kids who, who have a simpler sense of humor, find it hilarious. not only that, i totally trust the folks at wgbh... because this organization is dedicated in providing educational and entertaining programming for children. you can't overlook the fact that this company has a whole development, research, and content department that puts a lot of time and effort, as well as research and testing to make sure that the programs you see are developmentally appropriate and entertaining. they just don't take ideas and pull them out of their butts, there's a process that scrutinizes every program and episode so that the end result is quality programming.

the kids love it, and isn't that what really matters?

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