READING RAINBOW is a magazine program for children that introduces a w ide range of educational topics that promote awareness of the world an d inspire reading. This episode features the book THE SALAMANDER ROOM, written by Anne Mazer and read by Lynne Thigpen, about a boy who catc hes an orange salamander and learns he would have to turn his bedroom into a woods if he really wants to give it a proper home. Host LeVar B urton visits Jungle World at the Wildlife Conservation Park at the Bro nx Zoo where he learns about the rain forest ecosystem and how the zoo constructed this man-made rain forest. LeVar also narrates a report o n how scientists study rain forests. The kids review the books THE GRE AT KAPOK TREE, CHIPMUNK SONG, and FROGS, TOADS, AND SALAMANDERS.