Monday, September 8, 2014

Case Study No. 1560: Mary Reader

Star Lore #33 (Final episode of series)
Alien Queen abducts librarian and brings her back to her homeworld to help her race learn how to have imaginations again.

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Star Lore
No. 33: Lyric Poetry

Written by: Linda Peterson
Producer/Director: Jack Eggert
Production Asst.: Pat Falcon
Miss Reader: Linda Peterson
Queen Tabiblia: Gloria Armstrong
Consultant in English: Rex Filmer

["Nebraska Department of Education ITV Services" appears on screen, then cut to a starry night sky as the show's theme song plays]
NARRATOR: Far away there is a land, where children do not play ...
[cut to three "alien" children sitting in front of a large screen television]
NARRATOR: They've lost their imagination, they just watch the screen all day ...
[cut to the alien's queen (a woman wearing a purple wig, white facepaint, and a silver outfit) watching the children and nodding, as "Star Lore" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: So Queen Tabiblia declared, that she was going to go ...
[cut to the queen's spaceshipt traveling through space]
NARRATOR: To Earth where they know how to make imaginations grow ...
[cut to the queen standing in a "human" school library, watching two children reading]
NARRATOR: And as she watched the children, and the books that each one carried ...
[cut to the queen standing in the middle of the library, nodding her head]
NARRATOR: She decided that was where the secret must be buried ...
[a young female librarian (short brown hair, green sweater, white blouse, long red skirt) enters the room, and the queen takes out her laser pistol]
NARRATOR: When she saw a leader, she turned on her super zapper ...
[the queen (who apparently has been invisible to everyone in the library) and the librarian suddenly disappear]
NARRATOR: And Miss Reader was captured, by this outer space kidnapper ...
[cut to the two children with surprised looks on their faces]
NARRATOR: Now the Queen's declared that she won't let Miss Reader go ...
[cut back to the spaceship traveling through space]
NARRATOR: Until she's taught the Queen to make imaginations grow ...
[cut back to the three alien children, which fades into the interior of the spaceship (where the librarian is calmly sittng down and reading a book) when the queen enters]
TABIBLIA: Hello, Mary Reader!
MARY READER: Oh, Queen Tabiblia, I'm so glad to see you! I'm all ready with some poems for you! Now, these are not poems that tell a story ... these are poems that describe things!
TABIBLIA: Do they have a beat, a ... rhythm?
MARY READER: Oh yes, you can listen for the rhythm! In fact, you could clap to the rhythm ...
[she starts clapping]
MARY READER: Every time I climb a tree ...
[the queen joins in]
BOTH: Every time I climb a tree ...
[the queen smiles and puts her hands on her hips]
TABIBLIA: Oh, that is what I like about poetry ... The rhythm! Do they also have rhyming words?
MARY READER: Well, there's "tree" and "see" ... "Nest" and "best" ... "Egg" and "leg."
TABIBLIA: Oh, I like those words that rhyme! Let's find these poems!
[Mary points to "1Z2Z", the ship's onboard computer (actually some cardboad and LED lights attached to the nearby wall)]
MARY READER: Alright, ask One-Zee-Two-Zee to find--
TABIBLIA: No no, you ask One-Zee-Two-Zee to find what you need. I just want to sit here, and enjoy all these poems that describe things ...
[the Queen sits down]
MARY READER: But, Queen Tabiblia, the poems are on Earth. You know he won't contact Earth for me.
TABIBLIA: That is because you do not have an Earth communicator ...
[she takes off the "tiara" on her head and hands it to Mary]
TABIBLIA: Here, put this on.
MARY READER: This is an Earth communicator? I thought it was your crown.
[the queen laughs]
TABIBLIA: I knew you did! We do not wear crowns on Illitera ... Everyone knows that I am their Queen!
[Mary puts on the Earth communicator]
TABIBLIA: Now, tell One-Zee-Two-Zee what you want ... Go on!
[she flips a switch on the dashboard]
TABIBLIA: That's it, yes!
MARY READER: Uh, One-Zee-Two-Zee? We need some poems!
[a robotic voice comes on over the loudspeaker]
1Z2Z: Receive "Poems" ...
MARY READER: These are poems that describe things on Earth ...
1Z2Z: Receive "Describe Things on Earth" ...
MARY READER: Find an Earth child reading poems that tell about things on Earth!
1Z2Z: Receive ...


[after some poems (about trees and clouds) are read over footage of little children playing, cut back to the spaceship]
MARY READER: Thank you, One-Zee-Two-Zee ... Queen Tabiblia, this Earth communicator really works!
TABIBLIA: Of course it does! And Mary Reader, those poems really work too! Why, I can feel my imagination getting bigger! When I look at clouds, I can imagine that they are white sheep!
MARY READER: Oh, and when I see a dandelion on my lawn, I think of that poem and imagine a little golden soldier guarding my lawn!
TABIBLIA: I would like to hear more of those poems that describe things! Ask One-Zee-Two-Zee to find some more someplace else on Earth!
MARY READER: Where do you want him to take us?
TABIBLIA: Let's go to my favorite place on Earth ... the zoo!
MARY READER: One-Zee-Two-Zee, find someone reading poetry at the zoo!
1Z2Z: Receive ...


[after some poems about the zoo, cut back to the spaceship]
TABIBLIA: Oh, I like the zoo! But Mary Reader, I thought the gorilla looked something like you ...
[the librarian puts her hands on her hips]
MARY READER: Why, Queen Tabiblia!
[the queen laughs]
TABIBLIA: Oh, I was just using my imagination! Where else could we go to find poems that describe things?
MARY READER: Well, um ... We could go to the park! I'll bet someone there is reading poetry!
TABIBLIA: One-Zee-Two-Zee will take us to the park!
MARY READER: One-Zee-Two-Zee, find a park and find someone there who is reading poems!
1Z2Z: Receive ...


[after some more poems, cut back to the spaceship]
TABIBLIA: Stories and poetry will save my children, Mary Reader! They may grow big imaginations after all!
MARY READER: And a big imagination is a wonderful thing to have! Why, with an imagination, you can be anyone, you can do anything ... you can go anywhere you can imagine!
[she sits down next to the queen]
MARY READER: A long time ago, a poet named Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about that. He said ... "When at home, alone I sit, and am very tired of it, I have just to shut my eyes, to go sailing through the skies, to go sailing far away, to go sailing far away."
[Mary closes her eyes, and eventually wakes up to find herself back inside her library]
MARY READER: [whispers] To go sailing far away ...
[she opens her eyes]
MARY READER: What? I-I'm in the library!
[she checks her watch]
MARY READER: It's time for school to be out! What happened to me? Was I sleeping? I-I think I was dreaming something about a spaceship ... Now, what was that?
[she shakes her head]
MARY READER: I'm really confused ...
[the female school principal walks into the library]
MRS. ARMSTRONG: Well, there you are, Mary Reader! Where've you been all day? We had to close the library because you weren't here to check out books.
MARY READER: You mean, I've only been gone for one day?
MRS. ARMSTRONG: One day is a long time for children to be without a library ... This isn't like you, Mary Reader. You didn't call in sick, or to let us know you weren't coming to school today. Where were you?
MARY READER: I-I'm not sure.
MRS. ARMSTRONG: I hope that this doesn't happen again.
MARY READER: Oh, so do I!
MRS. ARMSTRONG: We need you here everyday! The children need you!
MARY READER: Oh, I plan to be here everyday, and from now on we're all going to read more books from this library, and make our imaginations grow! Oh wait, Misses Armstrong ...
[she reaches down and hands her a book]
MARY READER: Here! How about a book to take home this evening?
MRS. ARMSTRONG: Well, thank you, thank you ... I'm glad you're back! Have a good evening yourself!
[she turns to leave, then stops]
MRS. ARMSTRONG: By the way, I like your headband ... You always wear such imaginative things!
MARY READER: Headband?
[as the principal leaves, Mary takes the Earth communicator off of her head and looks at it in confusion]
MARY READER: Now where did that come from?
[cut back to Queen Tabiblia on her spaceship, watching Miss Reader on the wall monitor]
TABIBLIA: She is safely home, One-Zee-Two-Zee! Now let's get back to Illitera, we have much work to do! We shall make imaginations grow in all children on our planet!
[she smiles]
TABIBLIA: Home, One-Zee-Two-Zee!
1Z2Z: Receive ...
[the camera pans out through the porthole into space, as the ending theme plays]
NARRATOR: Far away there is a land, to which the Queen must go ... To teach the children how to make imaginations grow!
[cut to an exterior shot of the spaceship traveling through space, as "Produced by Radio-TV Department, The University of Nebraska at Omaha" appears on screen]



This show was called "Once Upon a Time". It was produced by Nebraska ETV. I know that because I used to have a big-dish satellite system in the 90's and could watch the Nebraska ETV Network on it.

There was another show they made called "Star Lore", with the same woman (Linda K. Peterson) playing the princess or whatever and the same woman playing the evil whatserface. It was the exact same kind of show except they changed a few things (The good-girl was held prisoner in a spaceship, etc.) They used the same people for quite a few of their shows.

This was one of many 15-minute educational shows airing on public TV stations. Some stations still run them during school time, but some are now running them late at night so teachers (or whatever) can tape them to play in school later on.



Star Lore. Teacher's Guide [microform] / Linda Peterson

Author: Peterson, Linda
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1978.
Description: 73 p.
Summary: This literature curriculum for second graders introduces nine story types in 33 lessons, covering more than 40 separate concepts about literature. Designed to be used with telelessons, each of the nine units, corresponding to a specific story type, presents a lesson for each story of that type. Lessons provide lesson objectives and a program summary of the telelesson. At the end of each unit, activities are suggested for listening, talking, reading, writing, drawing, painting, making things, and playing. A bibliography is provided for each unit. Story types include cumulative stories, adventure stories with a journey pattern, stories that explain the unknown, fables, stories with magical solutions, modern fanciful stories, modern realistic stories, biographies, and poetry. (CS)
Other Author(s): Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Div. of Instructional Services

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