You Can't Go Back Friday: Picture Pages

Picture Pages, Picture Pages
Time to get your Picture Pages
Time to get your crayons and your pencils
Picture Pages, Pictures Pages
Time to get your Picture Pages
Time to something something (about Bill Cosby) and a Picture Page with you!*

First off, I remember this show from the early-mid '80s, but I'm pretty sure that it was in syndication by that point.

Picture Pages was Bill Cosby's attempt to introduce children to the joys of reading and writing**.  He did so by singing, storytelling, writing with a magical pen on a big sheet of paper, and...being Bill Cosby.  FYI, this was very confusing for me because he was also the Cosby Show dad, but the two had nothing to do with each other.

In my area, Picture Pages was a short snippet that always came on after another show.  Either Captain Kangaroo or Fat Albert, I'm not sure which.  I'm putting my money on Fat Albert because Bill had some atoning to do for the complete lack of educational value on that other Cosby-produced show.
Here was the best thing about Picture Pages, though.  Bill Cosby's pen was alive.  Bill Cosby talked to it.  It talked back***.  It also hopped around on his table when he put it down.  Do you understand how exciting that was for a five year old?  It was like when Mr. Rogers brought out the treehouse to go to the land of Make-Believe rather than taking that annoying trolley.  Don't even get me started on how much I love Mr. Rogers.  I won't stop.

*Remember, I'm not allowing myself to look up the actual lyrics.
***I was seriously an adult before I realized that these were just funny Cosby-esque sounds he was making under his breath.


  1. I loved Picture Pages! And now I will be singing this song for the rest of the day.

  2. I used to love watching Fat Albert! Bill Cosby is the greatest. :-)

  3. You got me with this one....I have no memory of these pictures pages

  4. Hey, hey, hey...Fat Albert! It strikes me that this and Sesame Street made urban life appealing to my generation (those of us born when Sesame Street first aired). As a country kid who had to be driven house to house just to Trick-or-Treat, I wanted a sidewalk for hopscotch and neighbor kids to play it with.

  5. I can sing the song in my sleep.