Sesame Street
Big Bird's gift for Luis / Elmo watches for stars
Air date February 29, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Production November 9, 1987
Sponsors R, Y, 3


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
Cartoon Two dots play hide-and-seek amongst different shaped blocks.
(First: Episode 0780)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit, Chris and Stephanie count ears.
(First: Episode 0458)

Film Future careers: footage of a kid acting out a certain job, followed by an adult doing "the real thing." Includes a girl singing the "Sesame Street Theme" and another watching a sketch with Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog.
(First: Episode 0796)
Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1184)
SCENE 1 Today is Luis' birthday and Big Bird's gotten him a tie and a poem he wrote; he just needs help wrapping his gifts. Maria offers to help and wraps his gifts in a box. Big Bird is grateful, but realizes he didn't write "Happy Birthday" on his poem, so Maria must rip open the gift.
Cartoon "Jazz #3"
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets Lefty sells Ernie an invisible ice cream cone; Ernie pays for it with an invisible nickel.
(First: Episode 0687)
Cartoon A man sees a giant OUT, yells the word, and everyone runs out of it.
(First: Episode 0550)
SCENE 2 Maria re-writes Big Bird's poem for him, adding "Happy Birthday!" on the bottom. As soon as Big Bird leaves again, he realizes his name's not on it, so Luis won't know it's from him. Maria is forced to undo her beautiful wrapping job once more.
Animation El numero tres (Luis V.O.)
(First: Episode 2119)
Muppets "I'm Between"
(First: Episode 1233)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
Film An Hispanic boy gets up, gets dressed, and goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo).
(First: Episode 0429)

SCENE 3 Big Bird's gift is re-opened and he adds his name to the poem. Maria begrudgingly re-wraps it. Big Bird enters again, assuring her he doesn't need to fix his poem, but he has a pair of socks for Luis instead.
Cartoon The life of a Yellow Yahoo
(First: Episode 0043)
Film A man carves a wooden horse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2209)
Muppets Grover sells newspapers in the street. He thinks they are for making paper hats, but a customer shows him they are actually for reading. The customer wants to buy a newspaper, but Grover won't stop reading the paper that the customer wants to buy. Grover reads about construction of a new building, a parade, and an expected rain shower, all of which occur as Grover reads.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)
Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
(First: Episode 1955)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent movie of a girl who is stuck IN the quicksand.
(First: Episode 0511)
SCENE 4 In another edition of "Ask Oscar," Telly reads a question from a Grouch who wishes to know what sound the letters "SH" make. Oscar makes the "Shhhhh" sound, but Telly thinks he's shushing him.
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1941)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
Cartoon Passengers on a crowded subway illustrate between.
(First: Episode 0795)
Celebrity Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing the African Alphabet Song.
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster reads the word "Pop" and blows up a balloon so they can pop it.
(First: Episode 1569)
Cartoon A family of snakes makes shapes, and rolls away.
(First: Episode 1506)
SCENE 5 Susan finds Elmo staring up at the sky, claiming to be looking at stars. She points out that they're clouds. Elmo vows to stay outside all morning to see stars.
Film "It's Easy"
(First: Episode 1727)
Cartoon Gordon voiceover R/r
(First: Episode 2195)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit is sent to the park for a report on co-operation, except that there's nobody around to interview. At that moment, monster reporter Telly turns up to conduct the same interview. They end up cooperating by interviewing each other.
(First: Episode 2166)
Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0769)
SCENE 6 Maria happens upon Elmo and points out that the stars he's looking at are in fact birds. Elmo vows to keep watching.
Film A bald eagle flies over houses, a beach, and other locations.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
Muppets A square monster tires to learn the "In and Out" disco dance.
(First: Episode 1328)
Cartoon Sign language: Morning, noon, night
(First: Episode 1173)
SCENE 7 Now at night, Elmo begins to head off, until Gordon appears. Elmo claims he can't see stars with the sky so dark, until Gordon shows him all the stars in the sky. Maria announces the sponsors.

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