Rainbow Brite opened up her world not only through cartoons, but also through reading along with Rainbow Brite Read Along books and records/cassettes!
Read Along With Licensed Characters!
Growing up, I loved reading. Even before I read, I would flip through books. My Teddy Ruxpin books were a valuable way to learn sight words.
So was the newspaper, since I knew what the Macy’s logo looked like at two years old, but I digress.
The instructions at the beginning of the tapes gave the prompts to turn the page, which was indicated by a cute chime or noise. So while I couldn’t always read the words, I always knew where Teddy Ruxpin was in his story. I also had a Cricket doll book-and-tape set Around the World with Cricket. This read along book-and-tape set even had an animated counterpart that I covered as part of my blog’s 1000th post.
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Listening to me sing 1-2-3 in Chinese is hilarious, trust me!
That’s the face of someone who had the song subconsciously buried in their head since 1987 and recently rediscovered it.
Records and tapes featuring licensed characters were great merchandising tie-ins during our 80s childhood. Whether the licensed character spoke via an oversized animatronic doll with built-in tape deck, or your everyday cassette tape deck or record player, licensed characters gave us plenty to listen to. And once we could read, we really put those books to use!
Which brings me to actally reading…
The Joy of Reading…And Listening!
My brother, the reluctant reader, had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle book-and-tape sets once he was reading. I remember him listening to the tapes on his tape deck…without headphones. I never minded that, as I was into the Turtles too! Before we read, we had Teddy Ruxpin books and tapes, as well as a record player that played film strips that had accompanying records and books.
That product, by the way, was the Show-and-Tell, which was manufactured in the 1980s by Child Guidance (formerly by General Electric in the 1960s).
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The Show-and-Tell, I should add, is another article for another time!
As for myself, I never had any read along sets for myself, aside from the one Cricket book and tape set. But if I knew Rainbrow Brite read along sets existed, I would have wanted all the sets!
Read Along…With Rainbow Brite Read Along!
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Western Publishing (Little Golden Books) published Rainbow Brite read along books and audio in 1984. From what I’ve gathered via research, Rainbow Brite had eight audio adventures:
- Rainbow Brite and the Big Color Mix Up
- Happy Birthday Buddy Blue
- …and the Brook Meadow Deer
- …Saves Spring
- …and the Color Kids
- Happy Birthday Twink
- Rainbow Brite Saves the Day
- Rainbow Brite and the Blue Lake
About Rainbow Brite saving the day…doesn’t she do that all the time? Was the creativity well dried out when the story needed a title?
Rainbow Brite also had something else equally interesting…See and Read VIDEOS!
Rainbow Brite Read Along…Meet SEE AND READ!
The See and Read videos were released in 1986 by KidStuff/KidVids in 1985.
These stories were actual video adventures, but in storybook format. Four stories were made.
- The Risky Rescue
- The Sprite Emergency
- Gloom Over Rainbow Land
- Twink’s Surprise
As an avid reader, and like I said, one who learned sight words from the Teddy Ruxpin books, I can imagine these videos provided valuable ability to teach sight words. As someone who benefits from visuals and seeing information, I would have loved these videos!
Perhaps a future article/let’s watch for this new discovery?
I do only have on Action Max video left…
Anyway, how about the real reason you came here?
Rainbow Brite Read Along: The Complete Collection!
Compiled (and uploaded) by a trusted Rainbow Brite source, RainbowBriteCo, this is a great YouTube Channel for all things RainbowBrite…including these books AND See and Read!
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I think we’ll be revisiting Rainbow Land soon, don’t you think?