Sesame Street
Learning about the coquí
Air date February 10, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors D, 1
Syndication 123 Sesame Street


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar tells the viewer to get lost, as there's nobody around to visit. He notices them still hanging around, so he decides to quickly introduce the number of the day. He's interrupted by Maria, Luis and Gabi, singing a song about the coquí. They offer to move so he can concentrate, but find his introduction of the number 1 to be very simplistic. Oscar complies and counts one annoying guitar player, wife and child. Luis suggests he go even further and cues some visual aids...
Cartoon Number Guy sings "How Many Birds Can Fit on This Wire?" One bird provides the answer.
(First: Episode 3338)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(First: Episode 2674)
Song "We're Talking 'Bout the Number One"
(First: Episode 3154)
SCENE 2 The Rodriquezes now convince Oscar to present the letter of the day - D. By their request, he provides a visual aid and gives some Grouchy D words, but they drive him away with nicer ones.
Cartoon D for Dance: Ladies on stage dance a can-can to the tune of "The Infernal Gallop" from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, the lyrics of which are all the letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)

Muppets In a Dragnet spoof, Darlene depends on D-tective Dave to debunk the debacle of her "DOG" word, which is missing its first letter.
(First: Episode 3499)
Animation D ... daring ... dazzling ... delightful ... dizzy ... dreaded ... dinosaur!
(First: Episode 3407)
SCENE 3 Now that the sponsors are taken care of, Oscar tells everyone to leave. Instead, they attract Bob, Rosita and the kids when they mention it's time to sing. Maria tells them about the coquí, a type of frog native to Puerto Rico and they sing the song about it. "It's gonna be one of those days," Oscar moans.
Cartoon A map of Puerto Rico forms into the shape of animals and other things that are found there.
(First: Episode 3066)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits a Puerto Rican casita in East Harlem. He tries to find out what people do there, but everyone is too busy raising chickens, planting tomatoes, cooking and planning music to answer.
(First: Episode 3018)
Film Counting from 10-0 (Latin rhythm) (Spanish dub)
(First: Episode 3048)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie practices saying "Hola" as he repeatedly opens and shuts the door. To make him stop, Bert convinces him he's mastered it. Ernie starts to practice saying adiós instead.
(First: Episode 3198)
Cartoon African quilt pattern #3
(First: Episode 3160)
SCENE 4 Everyone continues to sing the song, much to Oscar's dismay. Linda happens by and knows immediately what they're talking about, having read about the coquí in a library book. Oscar suggests they all head down to the library to see it. Everyone agrees and leaves, except for the Rodriquez family, who already knows what it looks like. They continue singing, so Oscar introduces the next segment...
Cartoonsignlanguageabc Cartoon "Signing Alphabet," an animated film by Steve Finkin. Music for voice and electronics by Joan La Barbara.
(EKA: Episode 1056)
Muppets Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."
(First: Episode 2205)
Animation Two frogs demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3225)
Film Children demonstrate "up" and "down" with balls.
(First: Episode 3562)
Animation "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(First: Episode 3396)
SCENE 5 Bob, Linda and Rosita sit in the garden and reads "El Coquí Que Canta." Afterward, Rosita borrows the book so she can show it to everyone.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(EKA: Episode 0592)
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
Muppets Elmo and Zoe watch Jock Soto and Lourdes Lopez cooperate to dance ballet, and dance with them.
(First: Episode 3621)
Cartoon D for draw, dent, drop, dancer, done
(First: Episode 3060)
Film Kid jungle explorers sight a wild letter D.
(First: Episode 3499)
Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
(EKA: Episode 2326)
SCENE 6 At dusk, Maria finishes reading the book and gets an idea. She phones her mother in Puerto Rico so they can hear the sounds of all the coquí living around her house.
Muppets Elmo's World: Dancing
(First: Episode 3801)
SCENE 7 As the Rodriquez family sings in their apartment, Oscar announces the sponsors.

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