Fannie and Shola, 20 years later.

From age 2 to 6, Shola Lynch was one of the kids on Sesame Street in the early 1970s. She is best known for a series of Muppet & Kid Moments where she featured mostly with Kermit the Frog and Ernie & Bert. She also appeared in the street scenes of episodes 0441 and 0673 with John-John, another recurring kid. She would later be reunited with Kermit in the 1989 special Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting.

Lynch went on to become a nationally ranked track athlete.[1] She received a liberal arts BA with honors from the University of Texas, an MA in American History from the University of California Riverside, and an MA in Journalism from Columbia University.[2] She has produced and directed documentaries including Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (which aired on the PBS series P.O.V.), Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, and served as a producer for Anderson Cooper: 360. She also became the curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division for the New York Public Library at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.[2]


Picture First Appearance Description
Episode 0306 Big Bird tells Shola that he's been having some trouble figuring out big and little. Shola says that she's little and Big Bird is big. Big Bird says, "Oh! That must be why they call me Big Bird." Shola answers, "Yeah! You're Big Bird. I'm Shola."
Big Bird Shola sticks
Episode 0306 Big Bird and Shola demonstrate a big stick versus a little stick.
Episode 0534 Kermit, Shola and Fannie have just finished watching the previous film. Shola hugs Kermit, and he comments, "She learned a lot from the octopus ... how to squeeze!"
Episode 0537 Ernie, Bert and Shola talk about taking a nap.
Episode 0542 Ernie, Bert and Shola demonstrate between.
Episode 0544 Ernie, Bert and Shola use balls to demonstrate "big," "small," "smaller, and "smallest" with four balls.
Episode 0548 Ernie, Bert and Shola add 1 to 5.
Episode 0550 Ernie, Bert and Shola demonstrate happy, sad, scared and mad.
Episode 0551 Ernie, Bert, and Shola observe a letter A. Ernie calls out, "A, Bert!"
Episode 0553 Kermit demonstrates the concept of being next to someone, with assistance from Shola and Fannie.
Episode 0560 Ernie, Bert and Shola talk about the letter X.
Episode 0581 Ernie's lost the nickel he was going to use for candy, so Shola gives him another one.
Episode 0549 Ernie and Bert discuss "heavy" and "light" with Shola.
Episode 0570 Kermit, Shola, and Fannie discuss giraffes (leading into a film of real giraffes with music by Joe Raposo). Shola enjoys manhandling Kermit, and jerks his head up and down to demonstrate the concepts of "down and high".
Episode 0619 Kermit, Shola, and Fannie count legs and heads.


  1. Univ. of Texas article (archived)
  2. 2.0 2.1 profile

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