Sesame Street
Big Bird writes a story
Air date April 16, 2003
Season Season 34 (2003)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors G, 15
Syndication PBS Kids Sprout


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird writes a fairy tale about a penguin who can sing beautifully. The king (Alan) wishes to hear the penguin's beautiful song, and instructs his royal helpers (Telly Monster, Baby Bear, and Zoe) to bring the penguin to him. However, the penguin refuses to sing for an unknown reason. That's as far as Big Bird had gotten when everyone came to hear the story, so the others try to come up with endings for the story. Telly comes up with the idea that the royal tuba player plays a catchy tune on his tuba that makes the penguin want to sing along to. Baby Bear comes up with the idea that the royal porridge eater plays his bongo drums made from empty porridge containers that makes the penguin want to sing along to. Zoe comes up with the idea that the royal dancer dances to a catchy tune that makes the penguin want to sing along to. Unable to decide on which ending to use, Big Bird decides to combine all of their ideas, plus add a little idea of his own. The story ends with the royal tuba player playing his tuba, the royal porridge eater playing his porridge box bongo drums, the royal dancer dancing, and the royal la-laer (Big Bird) la-laing, thus tempting the penguin to sing along, which makes the king happy.
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Cartoon Abstract count to 15
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SCENE 2 Big Bird finishes telling his story a second time, this time, with Gina and some kids listening. Zoe wonders if penguins like to dance as much as they do, so Gina leads the kids into a little song-and-dance routine called "Doin' the Penguin Dance".
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Song "Big G and Little G"
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Muppets The Letter of the Day: "G"
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SCENE 3 Big Bird announces the sponsors, while the penguin holds a really long note as the sponsors flash on the screen. Big Bird is impressed with the penguin's singing skills and exclaims, "Give it up for Shivers!"

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