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Butterfly in the sky: check out this amazing Reading Rainbow remix vid

PBS has been dazzling us lately with its super-cool remix series, which features all our childhood public television idols. Previous clips featured Bob “Happy Little Trees” Ross and Mister Rogers; today’s offering brings none other than our consummate hero, Levar Burton.

We’ve been spending an extraordinary amount of quality time with Burton lately. Between his interview during a 25th anniversary reunion tour for Star Trek: The Next Generation and the interview we got during the Reading Rainbow iPad app launch, we’ve gotten to speak with Burton face-to-face two whole times this year. Ergo, we’re pretty much Levar Burton experts over here right about now.

The remix vid features Burton extorting the beauty and magic of books. It’s a theme that hasn’t faded over the past couple decades. When we caught up with Burton last, he told us, “If I’m alive and upright, I’m talking about Reading Rainbow. … We will always have books. Look at what [Star Trek character Captain Jean-Luc] Picard has encased in glass in his office: the collected works of Shakespeare.”

Without further ado, here’s the remix:

The clip was created by remix artist and YouTube phenom John D. Boswell, a.k.a. melodysheep.

On the video’s YouTube page, a PBS rep writes, “For years, LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow have taught kids everywhere about the power of books and imagination. To this day, the show continues to encourage a love of reading and connect children to the world they live in through quality literature — so they can ‘go anywhere, be anything.’ With this remix, John Boswell has captured those enduring lessons in song — a fitting tribute to an important part of PBS history.”

The remix series will continue to pay tribute to PBS legends, so stay tuned for more.

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