Sesame Street
A day with books on Sesame Street
(repeat of 2173)
Air date December 3, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors P, U, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


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SCENE 1 Luis is swamped with work at the Fix-It Shop and Maria is too busy reading her book, "The Adventures of Captain Swashbuckle," to help. Luis shows she can help - Luis will read the book as she carries in a delivery of supplies.
Cartoon "Five Baby Oysters"
(First: Episode 2257)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie not to open the locked door until he gets back from his shopping trip. After he leaves the apartment, however, he realizes he forgot his money, but no matter what he does, Ernie won't let him in the apartment because he thinks this is practice.
(First: Episode 1787)
Pinball 07
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)

SCENE 2 While fixing Big Bird's record player, Luis tells him of a story he's reading about Captain Swashbuckle, a pirate. He tells Big Bird a synopsis of what he's read so far, but Big Bird throws several ideas what happens next, such as Swashbuckle having run-ins with a giant fish and bird. Luis reads him the remainder of the story: Captain Swashbuckle is sailing in a storm, when Luis' phone rings, and he must put the story on hold. Big Bird then thinks up the obvious ending - the bad guys call Swashbuckle and call off the fight because of rain.
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film What do birds eat?
(First: Episode 0495)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Maya to help him follow an arrow. The arrow changes direction until Grover falls down, exhausted.
(First: Episode 1641)
Song "All By Myself"
(First: Episode 2044)
Cast Gordon and Olivia try to cooperate under the sun, with voiceover from Bob.
(First: Episode 1245)
Cartoon Sign Cartoons: Hand
(First: Episode 1179)

Celebrity Ricky (Billy Crystal) walks through a letter U, which he thinks is UNBELIEVABLE!
(First: Episode 2083)
Cartoon A playground is destroyed by bad weather, and a teacher has her class rebuild it from memory.
(First: Episode 1453)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon I am crying / estoy llorando (David and Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 1041)
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
Cartoon P for Penguin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1190)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird sees Piri carrying a large stack of books, which he's using to help with his homework. Big Bird can learn what the books are about by reading the spines. He also learns the heavy books can make Piri's arms hurt.
Typewriter P
Cartoon The Typewriter: P for Pencil
(First: Episode 0782)
Muppets The American Revolution: George Washington and his men are preparing to cross the Delaware river, when Grover shows up with a bundle of balloons, noisemakers and streamers, since he heard this is the day they planned to "surprise the British."
(First: Episode 2354)
Film How Crayons are Made
Music: "Water Course A" and "Exchange" by Richard Harvey
(First: Episode 1579)
Cartoon Two kids want to use their empty box as a pretend submarine or airplane. They agree to imagine it's a rocketship.
Artist: Cordell Barker

SCENE 4 Elmo sits outside the library and Luis is too indulged in his book to notice him. Elmo decides to read too and reads the "CLOSED" sign on the library door. Micki is about to close it up for the night when Luis begs her to re-open so he can return his book. Everyone else notices this and thinks the library's still open. Since it's not being used, Elmo asks Micki for the "CLOSED" sign.
Film Russian nesting dolls 10-1
(First: Episode 0563)
Cast Linda and a boy sign the word "CLOSED."
(First: Episode 1082)
Cartoon Seven animals in a tree.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1530)
Muppets Kermit the Frog performs "Disco Frog."
(First: Episode 1407)
Film Kids paint a picture of a porcupine on glass.
(First: Episode 0057)
Cartoon Howard Coolsell finds out about exercise.
(First: Episode 1631)
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SCENE 5 Oscar notices everyone is reading something, but no one is reading anything grouchy. A Honker appears and hands him a note, which grouchily features the sponsors.

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