Sesame Street
Plot Writing and reading with Kingston
repeat of 3270
Air date April 11, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors D, L, 0
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly points out that Kingston Livingston III is writing a song, which will be ready soon.
SCENE 1 Kingston's song is finished and he cues up a funky beat. Carlo raps an intro to Kingston, who raps his own unique welcome to the viewer. Now, he's going to write a story instead.
Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells the story of a sad mouse.
Aritst: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3367)
Song "Big D and Little D"
(First: Episode 3270)
Muppets Big Bird wears a disguise and says "D-disguise." (new music added)
(First: Episode 3188)
Animation D Candles
(First: Episode 3085)
Song Yakety Yak - Take It Back
(First: Episode 3043)
Cartoon A gorilla outgrows his toy fire truck, and is about to throw it away, when he decides to pass it on to his little brother.
(First: Episode 2840)
SCENE 2 Telly wonders why Kingston is pacing back and forth when he's supposed to be writing. Kingston claims it helps him think and he gets some words of inspiration - a king, DANGER, a piano and charging horses!
Film Alphaboy: L
Alphaboy leaps into lots of lovely leaves and becomes lazy.
(First: Episode 3580)
Animation L / l (space paint)
(First: Episode 3216)
Film Kid jungle explorers spot a wild letter L.
(First: Episode 3483)
Muppets Mr. Johnson wants something to read, so Flight Attendant Grover suggests reading the EXIT sign, the safety manual and the tag on the collar of his shirt. After he informs Mr. Johnson that the airplane is out of newspapers and magazines, he sets the fat blue man on his lap and tells him to read his lips as he recites a story.
(First: Episode 3487)
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
SCENE 3 Telly impatiently waits for Kingston to finish writing his story - "The King Who Couldn't Read." He hands it off to Carlo to read aloud.

SCENE 3 cont'd In the story, Kingston plays an African king, who is entirely dependent upon his royal helpers to do everything for him. His Royal Reader helps him read a STOP sign (which helps them avoid some stampeding horses) and a DANGER sign (which saves them from a falling piano). One day, the Royal Reader calls in sick and the King is unable to read any signs, putting himself in much pain. He eventually gets some lessons from the Royal Reader and soon, he can read the signs on his own and learn how to do other things by reading books.
Cartoon A man encounters someone with a DANGER sign hanging on the end of his nose, and doubts there's any danger until the character sneezes.
(EKA: Episode 1199)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
(First: Episode 2784)
Cartoon A salesman (voice of Martin P. Robinson) hawks the letter L in a commercial.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3306)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "La, La, La."
(EKA: Episode 0321)
Film The floating kids form an L.
(First: Episode 3128)
SCENE 4 Kingston is now in the mood for reading, but Carlo doesn't have anything for read. Kingston thinks the contrary and finds they can read the labels in his cap, vest and sneaker. Telly borrows his cap for the night so his mommy can read him a "bedtime cap."
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie reads about pirates.
(First: Episode 3460)
Muppets Big Bird talks to the viewer about the importance of listening. He listens to the radio to learn about the weather, finding out in advance that ping-pong balls will rain on him.
(First: Episode 3458)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Muppets After the previous segment, the offended "Ms. A. M. Goat" gives a disclaimer that not all goats eat sneakers -- she eats corn and grass, but not sneakers. Another goat enters to eat the sneakers on her desk, further irritating her.
(First: Episode 3354)
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(EKA: Episode 2283)
Cartoon Number factory 1-10
(First: Episode 2541)

Animation Beads arrange themselves in different ways, and finally stick themselves to a boy's jacket.
(First: Episode 3045)
SCENE 5 Sesame Street's Theater in the Park presents "The Grapes of Math," where Elmo and Carrington add their grapes.
Film The Count (in voiceover) counts five children standing behind a park bench.
(First: Episode 2931)
Song "Exploring in Your Closet"
(First: Episode 3132)
Cartoon A girl notices some footprints near and far to her. They belong to a giant purple bird.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3134)
Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(EKA: Episode 1111)
Cartoon All the instruments in Sousaville love Mr. Tuba's music, but when he plays with them, he doesn't play the same music they're playing.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2829)
SCENE 6 Telly notices Kingston is writing again. This time, Kingston's writing a letter to Carlo, but he can't read it out loud to them since it's a private matter. Kingston requests Telly stick around for the best part - watching Carlo read the letter to himself. Telly compliments how well Carlo does it.
Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
Muppets Two-Headed Monster tries on shoes.
(EKA: Episode 2142)
Film A little boy sings the "Cold Ocean Blues" at the beach.
(First: Episode 3150)
Cartoon How Andy Fritz Ate the Sun.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2730)
SCENE 7 Carlo has a letter for Kingston now and Telly has Karrington and another child watch the thrilling action as Kingston reads it to himself. Kingston then points out there's some letters for Telly to read, despite his limited capability. The letters turn out to be the sponsors.

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