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Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street

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The most beloved children's show of all time is turning 40! This celebration of four decades of groundbreaking educational programming invites fans young and old behind the scenes at 123 Sesame Street.

In a book as lively, energetic, and appealing as the television show it chronicles, readers are treated to an inside look at every aspect of Sesame Street. Beginning with the initial idea for the show and the creation of the pilot episode and moving through its evolution over four...

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Overview

The most beloved children's show of all time is turning 40! This celebration of four decades of groundbreaking educational programming invites fans young and old behind the scenes at 123 Sesame Street.

In a book as lively, energetic, and appealing as the television show it chronicles, readers are treated to an inside look at every aspect of Sesame Street. Beginning with the initial idea for the show and the creation of the pilot episode and moving through its evolution over four decades, Sesame Street provides an insider's view of all of the delightful Muppet and human characters, as well as the writers, directors, producers, and all the other creative people who continue to make learning fun for generations of kids.

Step behind the scenes and learn how the Muppets are built, how they move, how they speak, and what they think and feel. Did you ever wonder what Big Bird looked like in the first season of the show? Would you like to see the puppeteers behind (and under!) the set performing their roles? How about a picture of Bert being built? All of that and more, including facsimiles of the show's pioneering scripts and some of Jim Henson's original sketches, are included in this revelatory and adoring celebration. The 1,500 photographs—both in front of and behind the camera—come directly from the archives of the Sesame Workshop, and many of them have never before been published.

For everyone who fondly remembers learning the alphabet and numbers from Sesame Street, for parents and grandparents of today's Sesame Street kids, and for avid fans and collectors of everything Sesame, this gorgeous book makes a gift to be treasured.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579126384
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 457,397
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Gikow is an Emmy Award–winning author/composer of more than 150 scripts, books, and songs for kids and adults, including scripts for Sesame Workshop. She was editorial director and creative consultant at Jim Henson Productions for eleven years. She also created and ran a publishing and multimedia division at Nickelodeon. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Sunny days, sweepin' the clouds away....

    I use Google as my main search engine. All last week they featured characters from Sesame Street on the homepage. The first day it wasn't even a whole character - just some banded orange legs. I bet there are very few people who didn't identify them as Big Bird's appendages!

    At forty years, Sesame Street is the longest running children's television show. It's now seen in 120 countries. I was already in school when it first aired, but remember sitting with my little sister and watching it with her when I got home. And then twenty years later, watching it with my children. The theme song is still easily recalled: " Sunny days, sweepin' the clouds away...."

    The show is iconic and the book is amazing. It's a wonderfully heavy coffee table book. Glossy stock and over 1500 colour photographs. But it's the stories within that make it such a keeper. Founder Joan Ganz Cooney realized that television could be educational as well as entertaining and broke new ground in broadcasting that has both matched the test of time and stayed two steps ahead, always finding new ways to teach and reach children.

    I loved the behind the scenes stuff - how and who is behind and in and under those Muppets? The set itself and the changes it's undergone. Scripts are reproduced, songs, anecdotes, art and oh, so much more. The 'real' folks that appeared are featured as well, as are the celebrities who did guest appearances.

    I had such fun, enjoying every page - and it's not a book to be rushed through - there is so much to take in and relish.

    And if that wasn't enough, there's a bonus DVD included, featuring clips and moments from the show. I remembered so many of them!! I was singing along to "Who are the people in your neighbourhood?", "One of these things is not like the others..." and a few more!

    As Gordon said on the very first show Nov 10, 1969:

    " You've never seen a street like Sesame Street. Everything happens here. You're gonna love it."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    I grew up on Sesame Street, and now my kids watch it, so I was curious about this book. I couldn't put it down! Enjoyable, colorful, funny, informative, nostalgic, instructional, rewarding.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Perfect for Sesame Street Fan

    At age 43, I am a huge fan of Sesame Street. I remember enjoying the show as a child and became a fan all over again with my daughter! The book gives me the joy of learning many interesting things behind-the-scenes, especially the actors and writers of the show. Very enjoyable book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    123 Sesame Street (40 Years)

    This book had me smiling, reminiscing and so glad that I have known Sesame Street for 40 years. I actually remember the very first episode! What an awesome labor of love by all the cast and crew...thank you for providing such a memorable learning experience for adults and children alike. Thank you!!!

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