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Reading Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Air date April 3, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors I, K, N, 6, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gordon welcomes the viewer, and encounters a boy pretending to be a shoe salesman. Gordon plays along and pretends to be the customer, trying on a big, bigger and biggest shoe.

Film "Big, Bigger, Biggest"
A junior car dealer displays cars of different sizes to people of different sizes.
(First: Episode 0003)
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Film Tracks from a race car cross paths until most of the screen is blank. A pair of foot prints crosses the screen to blank out the last bit.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: K - Key
(First: Episode 0040)
Cartoon K is for kitten.
(First: Episode 0040)
Muppets Cheers: The Anything Muppets cheer for the letter K. (version #1)
(First: Episode 0100)
Celebrity Jackie Robinson says the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0054)
SCENE 2 Mr. Hooper reads a book to Oscar and the kids: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, about a donkey who finds a magic pebble and is cornered by a lion, then turns into a rock after making a hasty wish. Midway through, he asks them what it would be like if they were a rock or a tree. He then points them to Bob and Gordon, who are observing a real donkey.
Muppets Two Anything Muppets sing "As I Was Going to St. Ives."
(First: Episode 0045)
Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film New Bridge #1 - Panel Drop
SCENE 3 Bob continues reading the story, ending at the part where Sylvester's parents are miserable without him. Oscar enjoys this part, and Bob remarks that Ernie is good at finding rocks.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is going on a hunt for big rocks. When he tries to pick a really big one, the rock turns out to be the dome of a large monster.
(First: Episode 0034)
Cartoon Eugene wants his talking crow Willis to name some N words, and Willis replies with "no," "nothing," "nobody" and "never."
(First: Episode 0101)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: N - Nail
(First: Episode 0040)
Transition A circle appears on screen, expanding like a balloon until it pops.
SCENE 4 Gordon finishes reading the story, which has a happy ending. Oscar is disgusted by the happy ending, and Gordon points him to Kermit.
Muppets Kermit tries to give a lecture on being happy, but Cookie Monster eats Kermit's happy face prop, which makes him mad.
(First: Episode 0066)
Cartoon Checkerboard transition cartoon
Muppets Bob and the Anything Muppets sing "The People in Your Neighborhood": Fireman and Postman.
(First: Episode 0023)
Transition The screen fills up with fluid.

Muppets Game Show: Pick Your Pet
Lucy Jones insists upon a pet that purrs, has silky hair, and likes milk... the Beautiful Day Monster.
(First: Episode 0067)
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Film New Bridge #5 - Bounce
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Muppets / Cast Bob reads "The Story of Ira and Inez."
(First: Episode 0034)
SCENE 5 Mr. Hooper displays the capital and lowercase I, and observes the different sounds of the letter.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
SCENE 6 The credits roll, and the sponsors are announced.

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