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Sesame Street
A baby book for Alice
Air date November 20, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors B, J, 9


Picture Segment Description


SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and notices Susan and Luis looking at pictures of themselves from their childhood. They sing about how much they remember about being children ("When I Was Little"), and explain to Big Bird that everyone starts out as a child, and grows into an adult over many years. Big Bird realizes that this applies to all the grown-ups he knows, even Mr. Rogers and the president.
Cartoon "Β‘El juega hockey!"
(First: Episode 2114)
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word SHAKE, and an earthquake happens.
(First: Episode 2557)
Cartoon A derby-hatted man identifies animal sounds, ending with a tractor.
(First: Episode 0839)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit is interviewing Cinderella and Prince Charming, who are dancing at the ball. After Cinderella leaves, she leaves one glass slipper behind. The prince wants to find he can have the other glass slipper.
(First: Episode 0516)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)

SCENE 2 Big Bird is amazed at what he's just learned, realizing "Even Santa Claus was little once," and notices Maria fixing an air pump. He uses his imagination to visualize Maria (played by Diana Lozada) and her Fix-It Shop customers (including Tatyana Ali) as kids. They bring their broken toys to Maria, and she makes a "Three of These Things" game out of it (complete with a slick '80s arrangement of the song).
Back in the present, Maria becomes confused when Big Bird pats her on the head and remarks, "Little Maria."
Cartoon The story of an old woman who lived in a nine.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0512)
Muppets Shelley the Turtle sings "I Get There" on his way to a picnic.
(First: Episode 2314)
Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy explains to Eugene why going to school is important.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
SCENE 3 Big Bird encounters Gordon who's on his way to the Fix-it Shop to retrieve his air pump, which he'll use (with a basketball) for a demonstration in his science class today. In Big Bird's imagination, little Gordon (Eugene Byrd with a mustache) shows his sister Olivia (Lisa Martin) how to fill up a life preserver with air, and demonstrates to her how air can move things. Olivia retaliates by blowing him a raspberry, showing that air can also make noise.
Back in the present, Gordon fills up the basketball with the newly-fixed air pump, and is about to show Big Bird some things about air, but thanks to his imagination, Big Bird already knows them. Just when he's about to blow the raspberry, the scene cuts away.
Geometry of Circles 1 - Circle with Flower.png
Cartoon Geometry of Circles #1 "Circle with Flower"
(First: Episode 1393)

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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Part?" The contestants are Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic and Professor Hastings, and the mystery part is a foot.
(First: Episode 0164)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
Edit: The shot of a man nodding off and falling out of a chair is replaced with a shot of astronauts sleeping on a space shuttle; the audio is also patched up in that area.
Cartoon The Typewriter: J for jump
(First: Episode 0772)
SCENE 4 Next on Big Bird's imagination showcase: a portrayal of Bob as a kid (J. R. Nutt), singing "The People in Your Neighborhood" with a mail carrier and a firefighter.
Back in the present, Big Bird remarks, "You sure were cute, Bob!"
Cartoon A man illustrates 'between' in various situations throughout his work day.
(First: Episode 0779)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover tells Mr. Johnson the menu, which has the items numbered. Number 9 is the special of the day. It turns out to be a real number nine, but Mr. Johnson doesn't want it. (It's medium rare, and he likes his nines well-done.)
(First: Episode 1377)
Film A zydeco band plays "Bayou Pon Pon" while people dance and the townspeople of New Orleans wave at the camera.
(First: Episode 2502)
Film Wanda Falbo (Word Fairy) and Barkley present a word which represents large, shaggy animals who like to chase sticks (or wands).
Bforbeard.jpg Cartoon B for Beard (poem by Edward Lear)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1147)

SCENE 5 Big Bird, Snuffy, and Alice gather around the adults as they admire baby Gabriela in her carriage, wearing a new dress. Luis displays Gabi's baby book, which he and Maria have assembled to help them remember their daughter's growth (such as the times she first reached for Luis, and when she first said "goo-goo"). Snuffy becomes inspired, and leads Big Bird and Alice elsewhere.
Cartoon The letters in the word BESO kiss each other.
(First: Episode 0433)
Insert The Count counts five children as they rearrange their positions.
(First: Episode 1439)
Cartoon A hand draws a castle with a growling dragon inside, which scares the princess until her knight in shining armor leads the dragon away.
(First: Episode 0932)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a parrot.
(First: Episode 0601)
SCENE 6 Big Bird, Snuffy, and Alice have gathered in Big Bird's nest area, where Snuffy is depending on Big Bird to write down everything that Alice does, so that Alice will have her own baby book like Gabi does. They show Susan what they have so far, and Snuffy watches in amazement as Alice lifts her front legs and her snuffle.
Cartoon A man uses his memory to tell a woman how to get to a red house.
(First: Episode 2185)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Kangaroo Blues."
(First: Episode 0277)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie notices Bert looking sad for no reason. Ernie lists a number of reasons to be sad, and then Bert feels better, but now Ernie has become sad for no reason.
(First: Episode 1520)
Cartoon Willie Wimple: Land Pollution (litter).
(First: Episode 0527)

SCENE 7 Big Bird and Snuffy continue working on the baby book, noting when Alice comes close to Snuffy and says "baby book". Snuffy announces the sponsors, and tells Big Bird to note it in the baby book when Alice repeats them after him.

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