Prairie Dawn in her natural habitat, playing piano for a pageant.

Prairie in her yellow-trim dress, given to her around Season 29.

In a 2006 appearance on Clips & Quips.


A new Prairie puppet first appeared around 2008. This version combines her original design with a more modern look.

Prairie Dawn with Betty Lou in the View-Master set Green Earth Blue Skies.

Betty Lou and Prairie Dawn in the credits of a Season 10 episode.

Prairie reporting on Fairy Tale Emergencies in a 2007 episode.


In 2013, Prairie Dawn made several guest appearances on Germany's Sesamstrasse.

Prairie Dawn is a flustered, level-headed, seven-year-old Muppet girl on Sesame Street. She is famous for writing and directing school pageants featuring her friends, mostly Ernie, Bert, Herry, Grover, and Cookie Monster.

Detail-oriented and efficient, Prairie often aspires to work in broadcasting or journalism, presenting "Fairy Tales Today" on Sesame Street itself; and also serving as a correspondent for the Monster News Network in Sesame Street Stays Up Late! ("I'm not a monster, but it is a job in communications"), and directing the broadcast of Elmopalooza prior to being trapped with Jon Stewart and the rest of the crew.

In addition to her pageants, she has been seen in her own segments, chronicling "The Adventures of Prairie Dawn". From Season 33 to Season 37, she hosted and frequently tried to keep Cookie Monster from eating the Letter of the Day. She can also be seen on the TV series Play With Me Sesame. On that series, Prairie Dawn presented artwork submitted by viewers.

Prairie Dawn has appeared in a number of game show sketches. She has been a contestant on at least two of Guy Smiley's game shows -- "The Triangle is Right" and "What's My Letter?" -- and was also the subject of another Guy Smiley game show, "What's Prairie's Problem?" She has also been a contestant on "Squeal of Fortune", and has appeared in "The New Here is Your Life" sketch about a glass of milk, and made appearances in "The Letter of the Day Games."

Prairie Dawn is sometimes confused with the blond, pig-tailed Betty Lou, as both based on the Hot Pink Little Anything Muppet. Although the two similar looking girls were rarely seen together on screen, they were often paired in book appearances, such as The Sesame Street Sun.

Baby Prairie Dawn and her mom are two of the main characters in Sesame Beginnings.

Despite regular appearances throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Prairie's role on the show has been greatly diminished since season 39, appearing in very little new material outside of a few live appearances. Prairie spoke her first line on the show since 2008 in a season 44 episode and later starred in the 2014 video, Monster Manners and a season 45 sketch. She also made a brief speaking cameo in a season 45 episode. Prairie said at New York Comic Con, in the time she was gone, she was in a box. (YouTube)

Stephanie D'Abruzzo confirmed via her official website that she will be performing Prairie Dawn in new appearances starting in season 46 following Brill's retirement.



Book appearances

Character Merchandise

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