Television: A Pride of Literary Lions

How to get kids reading--and roaring with laughter

PBS's Between the Lions warns viewers that it contains "extreme silliness that may not be appropriate for adult audiences." That's a little white lie on the part of this imaginative literacy series for kids ages 4 to 7 (weekdays; check local listings). In fact, well aware that parents are part of the kiddie TV audience whether they like it or not, PBS has created a welcome thing in the age of Teletubbies and Barney--a fun educational show for kids with enough sops for adults to avoid inspiring a wave of vasectomies and tubal ligations.

Lions does keep its earnest goal upfront,...

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