Reading Rainbow (TV Series 1983– )

Season 1990

1Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro's CactusDesert Giant: The World of the Saguaro's Cactus (27 Mar. 1990)
LeVar explores the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, photographing its natural environment and learning about how animals in the desert adapt to this kind of climate. Philip Basco narrates the feature book on the natural world of the famous desert cactus, the giant saguaro.
2The Magic School Bus Inside the EarthThe Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (10 Sep. 1990)
Burton introduces the episode by talking about cavern and cave exploring. The featured book, "The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth", is narrated by Keshia Knight Pulliam. Eccentric Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a science field trip to the center of the earth while teaching them about geology. Burton then visits California Caverns, where he learns about stalagmites, stalactites, and other crystal formations and goes spelunking with a cave expert.
3Jack, the Seal and the SeaJack, the Seal and the Sea (11 Sep. 1990)
LeVar takes a journey aboard a fishing boat to explore small ocean wildlife, such as plankton, sea horses, and small sharks as he learns information from oceanographers about caring for the seas and oceans. Leslie Uggams reads the featured story of a fisherman who decides to educate his neighbors about prevention of water pollution after he must rescue a small seal trapped in debris.
4The Bicycle ManThe Bicycle Man (12 Sep. 1990)
Wheels are set in motion for this program. In-line skating, then a brand-new commodity, get featured side-by-side with bicycles. Tom Matsusaka narrates The Bicycle Man, a story about an American soldier who visits Japan and performs amazing tricks on a bicycle.
5Florence and Eric Take the CakeFlorence and Eric Take the Cake (13 Sep. 1990)
LeVar visits a famed wax sculpture museum, where an expert wax artist makes a statue of him. Julia Child reads the story of two children helping their grandmother plan a party, and how they accidentally mistake a fancy decorated hat for a cake decorated in the same way.
6Sunken TreasureSunken Treasure (14 Sep. 1990)
LeVar has a suspicious-looking treasure map, which he uses to help track down something of immense value to who knows? Robert Morse reads Sunken Treasure, about the search for the sunken Spanish merchant ship The Atochia, and how it was recovered centuries after it sunk. In another featured story, news footage of the raising of the Titanic is shown.