Sesame Street
Elmo wants Maria to read his story
Air date April 20, 1998
Season Season 29 (1997-1998)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors O, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Elmo welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. He feels happy about his play date with Telly today, until Telly shows up and reveals that he can't play with Elmo today because he has to visit his aunt. Elmo sees if Big Bird is available to play, but hears from Gabi that Big Bird is visiting his Granny Bird today. Gabi and Lexine can't play with Elmo either, because they have to go to school.
Elmo feels sad because there's no one to play with him. Then he spots Maria working at the Fix-It Shop and runs towards her, thinking she'll play with him ...
Cartoon A group gives a newcomer funny looks, which hurts his feelings, but then they invite him to play marbles with them. He turns out to be a good player. (audible dialogue)
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2840)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(First: Episode 2519)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie announces that her cat Feff will jump ON a box and say meow, but he keeps jumping OFF when she puts him on, so Suzie does it instead.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3455)
Muppets "Near and Far"
(First: Episode 3493)
Animation Various demonstrations of near and far in the backyard
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
SCENE 2 Elmo asks Maria if she's visiting anyone or going to school, and when she says she isn't, Elmo thinks they'll be able to play together all day, but Maria tells him that she has to fix a phone and some toasters. Elmo feels sad about being by himself, so Maria suggests that he could draw, and gives him some crayons and paper.
Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
(First: Episode 2905)
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon A woman sings the "O" sound in a brief opera.
(First: Episode 3323)
Funny Book
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(EKA: Episode 2341)
Cartoon Noodles & Nedd make the bed.
Artist: John R. Dilworth
(First: Episode 3663)
Film A boy is scared to go to sleep at night, until his dad tells him to use his imagination to calm himself down. He conducts a symphony with his toys.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "Moonshine."
(First: Episode 2775)

SCENE 3 Elmo reveals to the viewer that he's writing and illustrating a book about his day today.
Toon differentmes
Cartoon A boy talks about his various moods. (new music added)
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0772)
Song To the original Fats Waller recording of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," a group of kids act out the song in a throwback to the silent film era.
(First: Episode 3659)
Cartoon A postal worker tells the viewer what the post office is good for.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0783)
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
Animation In a classic painting, a boy blows a bubble. It pops, and some kids yell "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 3311)
Muppets Dressed in a labcoat, Cookie Monster asks the important question: Do cookies taste good? He finds out by planning, as his assistant, a Bill Nye-esque Anything Muppet, presents him with the cookies. He further tries out his idea by eating each cookie, and telling the viewer his results.
Cartoon A boy draws a portrait of himself and calls it ME. (new music added)
(First: Episode 2085)
SCENE 4 Elmo approaches Maria, so he can give her the book he just finished making. However, she keeps answering phone calls and working instead of looking at the book, which makes Elmo feel sad again.
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange. (new music added)
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2087)
Muppets "I'm a Bookworm, Baby!"
(First: Episode 2994)
Animation A girl reads a book, a magazine, a newspaper, and a letter.
(First: Episode 3142)
Cartoon 7 owls
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1562)
Film Milo Counting: 7
(First: Episode 3595)
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Film Wegman dogs: Jack and Jill
(First: Episode 3464)
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)

SCENE 5 Maria finds Elmo feeling sad, and tries her best to convince him that she's not too busy to read the book he gave her. She insists they read it now, and they walk through the ways Elmo went from sad to happy.
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Song "It's the Shpritzer Honker Splasher Sprinkler Tweeter Squirt," the wettest musical instrument.
(First: Episode 3408)
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
GrocerySt re
Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Muppets Annette Monster and Frankie Monster sing "Love the Ocean" to urge others to "show respect for the sea" and refrain from throwing trash in the water.
(First: Episode 2680)
Cartoon A girl builds a sand castle at the beach, but the ocean keeps washing it away, so she builds one away from the waves.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1452)
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)


SCENE 6 Telly comes back and greets Elmo, but becomes upset when he sees that Elmo's busy drawing a picture. Elmo finishes the picture right then and there, which is a picture of himself and Telly. Telly likes the picture, so they start making funny faces. Maria announces the sponsors and reports on the status of Slimey's spaceship.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: A cave-monster (Telly) convinces a cave-boy (Miles) to approach some kids and ask if he can join their game.

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