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Big Bird, with Lily and Elmo.

Sesame Street: Big Bird Looks at the World (芝麻街: 大鸟看世界, Zhima Jie: Da Niao Kan Shijie) is a Chinese Sesame Street co-production which premiered on the Ha Ha Channel on December 22, 2010. The fifty-two episode 11-minute series features features Big Bird and Elmo, and introduces a new character, a tiger cub named Lily, who loves martial arts and learning to read. It is a follow-up to China's previous Sesame Street co-production Zhima Jie.

The series promotes scientific discovery and the characters will try to search answers to questions such as: "Why do birds fly?" or "Why are polar bears white?"

The series was a success in China with 400,000 preschoolers and nearly one million mothers with young children watching in the first two months.[cite] The show won the 2011 Hugo Award for its 'innovative and outstanding' contribution to the world of television.

In 2012, it was announced that there would be a second Chinese-language program, Fun Fun Elmo.

Big Bird has made reference on the show to his grandmother.


Before each episode, there are segments that features Elmo and some children engaging in a science-based craft activity that viewers can do at home. Science-based crafts include creating a bird feeder from a juice carton, making a rain stick, and writing a secret message with lemon juice. These segments are to encouraged children and parents to engage in scientific inquiry and exploration in their everyday lives.

Each episode is triggered by a question that the Muppet characters have when they notice something about the world around them. Within each episode, two live-action films provide in-depth information and real-world visuals. One of these live action films features a hands-on activity that relates to the question raised. A second live action film presents additional information and insight on the topic at hand. These segments are designed to extend the science knowledge and to bring it to life.[1]

At the end of each episode, there is a song that the Muppet characters and children sing relating to the topic of the episode.


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