Sesame Street
Telly and Zoe become Readers
Air date April 6, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors U, X, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Celina gives Zoe and Telly some cowboy and cowgirl accessories. She tells them they can use them to pretend to be cowpokes who love to read. The monsters don't understand, so Celina points them to the following...
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
SCENE 1 cont'd Telly and Zoe sing the song from the segment, though Zoe immediately forgets who they're supposed to be. Celina points her toward another segment starring the Readers...
Muppets The Readers of the Open Range help the citizens of Bisbee, Arizona find out where they live.
SCENE 1 cont'd Telly and Zoe look forward to being Readers, but realize they're too young to read many words. Celina has them read their names to prove there are some words they can read, meaning there must be others. The monsters ride off singing the "Readers" theme.
Cartoon An aviator and his son cooperate to start their plane.
(First: Episode 1476)
Song "I'm a Little Airplane"
(First: Episode 3266)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon A man jumps up onto an UP.
(First: Episode 0546)
Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: The Whiskeyjack
(First: Episode 3196)
SCENE 2 The (Pretend) Readers gallop down the street until they reach Oscar's Newsstand. Oscar mistakenly helps them read his "NEWSSTAND" sign. They can't afford any newspapers or magazines to read, so they continue to read the sign over and over.
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
Muppets Kermit shows what's inside of Herry Monster using the X-ray machine.
(First: Episode 1974)
Animation 2 houses plus 2 equals 4.
(EKA: Episode 0298)
Insert The Tokyo String Quartet and some kids show how important it is to practice, as Big Bird provides voiceover.
(First: Episode 3290)
Cartoon A caveman sits on what he thinks is a rock, not realizing that it's a dinosaur, which is alive.
(First: Episode 1737)
SCENE 3 The monsters are still reading the sign, when they're approached by the lead Reader himself - Verne! The rest of his posse is off doing other jobs, so he's looking for some replacements. He invites them become real Readers of the Open Range and join him on a "word round-up."
Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Underwater, there's a 9
(First: Episode 3283)
Animation Rubber Stamp #9
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Sheep Will Jump Over My Bed?" The answer is 9.
Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
(First: Episode 2851)

Film Ducks swim and fly.
Music: Chopin's Valse Op. 64, no. 2
(First: Episode 2510)
The Readers make their way through the paused film to read the word "DUCKS."
Cartoon X for X-ray: The Typewriter gets a check-up with help from an x-ray.
(First: Episode 0787)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle sings "Oh, How I Miss My X."
(First: Episode 2168)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)
Film How to say "turtle" in sign language
(First: Episode 3339)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
In Arizona, Big Bird sees how kids help charros put on a rodeo, and rides a horse.
(First: Episode 3049)
Cartoon A cartoon shows a few Spanish words - which are also English words.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3011)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
SCENE 4 The Readers return to the street, where they come across a boy having problems opening his juice. Verne shows them how reading can help by pointing out the text on the bottle, which reads, "Turn To Open."
Cartoon A man (voiced by Jack Dodson) describes places that begin with U and what you can do with the letter U.
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets The Beetles are "Thinking of U."
(First: Episode 1486)
Film Three girls clap rhythms while naming vegetables.
(First: Episode 3051)
Cartoon Name That Food, hosted by Don Carrot. The object of the game is to identify foods that appear on a screen and then eat that food. One of the contestants is willing to eat every food shown, while the other contestant refuses.
Artist: Elwood Smith
(First: Episode 1491)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Cartoon Words that rhyme with BALL
(First: Episode 0773)
SCENE 5 Telly and Zoe run into Celina and tell her all the fun they've had today. Celina become starstruck when Verne arrives and asks the readers to help read the sponsors. Verne hits the trail, making the monsters promise they'll keep reading.

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