Sesame Street
Dan the clarinet player learns how to read
Air date November 15, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Sara Compton
Directed by Jon Stone
Production September 25, 1990
Sponsors I, Z, 15


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 In the early morning, a nervous Dan (Steven Schub) walks down Sesame Street, and sits outside Hooper's Store, waiting to begin his part-time employment there. He meets a Honker, who wants to know what's in his small box. Dan shows him it's a clarinet, and invites the Honker to play a song with him. Even though the Honker can't read music, they both have fun.
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SCENE 2 Dan finishes cleaning the window, and asks a very busy Gina what to do next. She tells him to read Baby Natasha a story while she makes sandwiches ... but he doesn't feel like reading a book, or a magazine, or a newspaper. Big Bird and Gina realize that Dan doesn't know how to read; he acts like it's no big deal, but they don't think he's very happy.
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SCENE 3 Gina is impressed with Dan's clarinet playing, and he reveals that he never went to school much because he was busy traveling in a band with his dad. Big Bird laughs at the thought of a grown adult going to school to learn how to read, but Gina informs him that adult illiteracy is a serious problem which can be solved. She offers to help Dan get started learning how to read, and in exchange, he could show her how to read music. They both like the idea.
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SCENE 4 Gina tests Dan with flash cards reading "met" and "let," when one of The Shagri-Las pops up to sing "Sound it Out."
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SCENE 5 Dan joins Big Bird, Natasha and the Birdketeers as they demonstrate near and far. Just then, Big Bird realizes he has to take Natasha home, and leaves a sign on the door for Dan to read. Will he read it?
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SCENE 6 Dan remembers how Gina taught him to read, and he succeeds in reading the sign, which says "Back in a minute." Big Bird comes back, and he and Gina are impressed with Dan's progress. Elmo announces the sponsors and congratulates Dan.

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