Sesame Street
The Very Quiet Cricket
Air date November 22, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors E, P, 14


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Ruthie welcomes the viewer before reading Zoe a story: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. Zoe loves the story, so Ruthie allows her to keep the book.
Cartoon "Fourteen Desert"
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
Cartoon Growing Numbers #14
(First: Episode 2930)
Animation Number creatures #14
(First: Episode 2712)
Film A three-year-old African boy narrates a film about a day in his life.
Muppets Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a bassoon and begin to play, urging Grover to join in.
(First: Episode 1412)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
SCENE 2 Zoe returns, requesting Ruthie to read the story again. After a second read-through, Zoe wants to hear it a third time.
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "In My Book."
(First: Episode 2983)
Animation Computer E / e
(First: Episode 3071)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts the Letter of the Day Pageant.
(First: Episode 2212)
Film Wegman's dogs form a letter E.
SCENE 3 Ruthie finishes reading the story. Zoe wants to hear it again, only she'll read it to Ruthie (who helps by turning the pages). Ruthie then heads back to Finders Keepers, while Zoe stays to keep reading.
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Film A dance class does some stretching exercises, then dance in their own ways, ending with the tango (instrumental: "Naughty Door Opera").
(First: Episode 3022)
Muppets While shopping in a China store, Simon Soundman helps Old McDonald find his lost animal - however his animal sounds attract animals to barge into the fragile store.
(First: Episode 3068)
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1941)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird and tennis star Michael Chang play tennis together and tie their shoes.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon Letters appear over a sky-view of a neighborhood.
SCENE 4 Zoe imagines herself in the story and tries communicating with the cricket, who never responds. The moth points out that Zoe is disrupting the quiet of the night, so Zoe returns to reality.
Cartoon More and more moths appear, and devour a man's clothes.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0294)
Muppets Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, and Herry Monster sing "I Think That It Is Wonderful."
(First: Episode 2492)
Cartoon A letter "P" sits on an island before a rotating sunset. The ridges of the letter "P" moves along the letter and flash in different colors.
(First: Episode 0452)
Film P for party, picture and puzzle
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
Animation "Flowers on the Doorstep"
(First: Episode 3140)
Muppets All types of wild animals that lay eggs sing "Let's Lay an Egg."
(First: Episode 3060)
Film EGGS ... and chickens.
SCENE 5 Zoe crashes a game of catch between Telly, Elmo, Leandro and the kids to show off her book. Everyone recounts their favorite parts of the story and Leandro reads it to them.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
Animation Planting Letters: E
(First: Episode 3009)
Ssnews.cinderdress Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother tries to make a beautiful ball dress appear on Cinderella without success: it ends up on Kermit instead.
(First: Episode 2442)
Cartoon Aliens vacation on Earth for an afternoon, but they litter.
(First: Episode 3141)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
Cartoon A purple elephant tries to get 10 peanuts in his trunk at once, but can't, so he smushes them into peanut butter instead.
(First: Episode 2987)

SCENE 6 Zoe thanks Ruthie again for the book and vows it'll be the only book in her life. Ruthie convinces her to read another book and shows off some interesting titles. Zoe would like to read those, but makes sure she can still read The Very Quiet Cricket occasionally too...such as right now. Ruthie starts reading and Fran Brill announces the sponsors.

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