Voilá! TELLY LEARNS TO CATCH A BALL (4083) While everybody's playing catch on Sesame Street, Telly sadly admits to Baby Bear that he doesn't know how to catch a ball. Baby Bear assures Telly not to worry and tries to teach him how to catch. Much to Telly's disappointment, he keeps missing, even after trying to hold out his hands and keep his eyes on the ball. Baby Bear, Rosita and Maria all try to help Telly with a few more strategies to catch a ball but no matter how hard he concentrates, Telly keeps missing the ball. He thinks that perhaps he should just give up when all of a sudden, Baby Bear comes back with the Manager of the New York Yankees,Joe Torre. Torre encourages Telly by telling him that he is doing everything right but since catching can be a hard thing to learn, he just needs to keep practicing. As Torre leaves, he throws Telly a beach ball and Telly catches it! Telly is thrilled that he caught the ball, and now wants to keep practicing more with Baby Bear. EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Learning about coping w/ emotions, physical health, task persistence, self-esteem, what the body does, friendship, helping, and the geometric form: triangles. BANANA IN THE STONE (4084) Telly and Baby Bear are taking care of Curly for the day and since Hooper's Store has run out of apples, Curly's favorite snack, they try to get her to try another healthy snack- a banana! Unfortunately, Curly keeps turning it away so they tell her the story of "The Banana in the Stone," hoping to inspire her to try the banana. In the story, whoever pulls the banana out of the stone will be the king or queen of the medieval land. At the end, the young bear ( Baby Bear) pulls the banana out of the stone in order to give it to his hungry little sister. By the time the story is over, Curly Bear, being so drawn to bananas through the story, had already eaten half the banana! HEALTH FOOD GAME SHOW (4085) It's time to play "The Healthy Foods Name Game!" with Mr. Healthy Food as the game show host! Elmo has to find four healthy foods of various colors on Sesame Street before the mouse climbs to the top of the refrigerator. First, Elmo sets off to find a healthy food that is red and sees Luis who is cooking fajitas with red peppers, which are healthy and taste great! Zoe and Elmo find a white healthy food together. Old MacDonald and Gladys the Cow suddenly appear and give them a fresh glass of milk filled with Vitamin D! Gladys wants to play! They all head over to the vegetable garden together in search of a green healthy food. They find lettuce, a healthy and crunchy part of any meal! Finally, just as they are looking for a purple food to win the game, they see Snuffy who is pushing a giant purple eggplant home for his Mom to make some Eggplant Parmalupagus! Now that Elmo and his friends have found all four healthy foods, they receive their big, healthy prize. They get to eat all the delicious and colorful foods that they've found! EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: To learn about nutrition, specifically appreciating healthy foods, and to learn about counting, color & light, observation, and task persistence. BIRDSEED COOKIES (4086) Big Bird's granny is coming to Sesame Street, and with Alan's help, Big Bird bakes "The World's Greatest Birdseed Cookies" for her. Big Bird and Alan have gathered all the ingredients they need- birdseed, applesauce, bananas, porridge and cinnamon. Then, Baby Bear comes in wanting his porridge, but tries a healthy fruit salad instead of his usual since Big Bird and Alan need the last bit of porridge to make the cookies. As Alan and Big Bird continue to mix the ingredients, The Count comes in to help them count and figure out how many cookies they will be able to make with the dough. When the cookies are all done, Granny Bird arrives and is so grateful for the cookies that Alan and Big Bird had baked for her! They all enjoy eating the cookies together, except Alan who is on a birdseed-free diet. AS THE PORRIDGE COOLED (4087) Telly is doing a "Monster on the Spot" report about Baby Bear who tells the story of what really happened to the three bears as the porridge cooled. Instead of just walking, they were really active as they ran and jumped through the woods. Suddenly, they find that they' re lost in the magic garden of a wizard who put a spell on them and turned them into ducks. Baby Bear, using fun science words, tests his hypothesis that the type of animal they turn into depends on the kind of animal sound they make. Through his experiment, he finds out that his guess is correct! They all make bear sounds and transform into bears again. The wizard wouldn't let them out of the garden until they name three things about vegetables. With the help of the AM Singing Vegetables who sing, "We Are the Vegetables," the three bears figure out that vegetables are delicious, are good for you, and are musical! EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: To learn about experimentation, storytelling, task persistence, overcoming obstacles, physical movement, and healthy foods. HOW MANY BALLOONS TO RAISE SNUFFY? (4088) Snuffy wants to be a real cloud in the sky. He wonders how he is going to get up there and then realizes that he could use a balloon to lift him up. He wishes for a balloon and the Fairy Balloon Person (Richard Kind) comes to grant his wish. Since it's going to take more than one balloon to lift him up, the Fairy Balloon Person keeps adding 5 more balloons each time until they reach 40 balloons. He starts to fly up to the sky going higher and higher. While Snuffy is happy to be seeing birds and other clouds, he starts to get cold and lonely being all by himself. Snuffy wishes to go back down and his wish is granted. He realizes that everyone he loves is down on Sesame Street and that he would rather be a snuffleupagus than a cloud any day. AMERICAN FRUIT STAND (4089) Alan is busy receiving a big delivery at Hooper's Store so Miles helps him out by watching the fruit stand. Elmo and Zoe walk by talking about cookies and ice cream. All of sudden, Sesame Street is transformed into a 50's musical show "American Fruit Stand." Miles sings "I Love Fruit" (to the tune of "I Feel Good"), a song about how good fruit tastes and how good it is for the body. Elmo and Zoe get so excited about fruit that they now want an apple and an orange! Gina comes to the fruit stand and asks Miles for some peaches and pears. Sesame Street is transformed once again and Miles sings, "Peaches and Pears" (to the tune of "Twist and Shout"). Maria needs some broccoli. It happens to be her lucky day because broccoli is a special guest star on "American Fruit Stand" and Miles sings "Broccoli is Good" (to the tune of "Johnny B. Goode"). All of the fansand groupies become so excited about fruits and vegetables. Alan's business has never been so good. COOKIE MOON (4090) Cookie Monster thinks the moon is a giant cookie and sets off on a mission to figure out how he could get to the moon so that he could eat it. While Gordon tries to tell him that the moon is not a cookie, he decides to just let CM find out and learn this on his own. Since Slimey has been to the moon before and Gabi is saying a nursery rhyme about the cow who jumped over the moon, CM asks them if the moon is a cookie. They don't know since they've never tasted the moon before. CM is still left wondering how he could get to the moon and find out if it is a cookie. Finally, Gordon enters with former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, who explains to CM that the moon is made out of rock and while it is not a cookie, it is still a beautiful and exciting place that we could always look up at from the Earth. In the end, CM realizes that the moon is not a cookie and that he wouldn't even want to eat the moon since then, it wouldn't be there to shine down on the Earth anymore. SNUFFY FEELS HE'S TOO BIG (4091) Snuffy sees Elmo, Zoe, and her friend, Carina the Ballerina, ballet dancing and wants to join in on the fun. He tries to follow along with them as they leap and twirl around, but ends up crashing on the ground and knocking them down. Snuffy becomes sad and insecure about his size when they tell him that maybe he's too big to dance ballet. Snuffy tries to figure out ways to make himself smaller by imagining himself as a mouse and doing scrunching down exercises, but becomes discouraged since he can't seem to change his size. Then, Big Bird, Luis, Maria, and Gabi all reassure Snuffy that they love everything about him and that he is beautifully big and perfect just the way he is. At the end, Zoe, Elmo, and Carina apologize to Snuffy for hurting his feelings and realize that anybody can dance and that dancing should be about having fun with all your friends, no matter what size they are. They all dance happily together. BIG BIRD, SNUFFY AND FRIENDS HIKE (4092) Maria and Luis are planning for their hike gathering their backpacks, water, and trail mix. Big Bird and Snuffy are especially excited since they have never been on a hike before! Maria explains what great exercise it is and how many interesting things you can find around you. They don't get very far on their hike because they stop to observe things around them that they've never really noticed before- the bark and leaves of a tree, the colors of a pebble on the ground, and even a tap dancing spider! Even though they don't get very far, Big Bird and Snuffy had a great time on their very first hike! BABY BEAR'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (4093) It's Baby Bear's first day of school and he's very excited! Papa Bear drops Baby Bear off at the Storybook Community School and tells him that he loves him and will be back after school to pick him up. At school, Baby Bear meets and becomes friends with Hansel and Gretel, Jack and Jill, Little Red Riding Hood, and other storybook characters.While Baby Bear is having fun making friends and learning new things, he often misses his family throughout the day. Baby Bear wonders what they are doing and wishes that they could be there to share in the excitement of his first day in school. When Papa Bear picks Baby Bear up, Baby Bear tells him that while he had a great time at school,he also really missed his family. Papa Bear reassures Baby Bear by telling him that it's okay to miss the family. He tells Baby Bear to just think about the time they get to see each other again at the end of the day, and how he will tell his family about all the great things he did in school! TELLY LEARNS THE GROUCHKETEER CHEER (4094) Telly Monster tells Gordon that he feels miserable because in order to go on Oscar's Annual Grouch Picnic and Field Day, he has to learn the Official Grouch Cheer and he's the only one who can't do it right.Gordon talks to Oscar and convinces him to let Telly try learning to do it right. Telly is so discouraged at this point that he keeps saying that he can't do the cheer. Gordon motivates Telly by practicing the cheer with him and by telling him that he can do it! Through Gordon's encouragement, constant practice, and believing in himself, Telly finally learns to do the cheer! Telly shows Oscar that he can do the cheer beautifully, and boards the bus to go on the field trip with all the other Grouchketeers! WHO'LL REPLACE THE BIG BAD WOLF (4095) The Big Bad Wolf feels so exhausted from having to chase pigs and dress up like a Grandma all the time that he decides to take a vacation. In the meantime, Zoe, Elmo, and Telly audition to be the temporary wolf. The three of them have to first, blow down a straw house, then chase pigs, and lastly, pretend to be Grandma. All three of them creatively think of different strategies to pass the test. They all then begin arguing over who could best play the role of the Big Bad Wolf. Gordon talks to them and helps them to realize that it'smore important to stay friends than to be the wolf. When it's time for the Big Bad Wolf to decide, he gives the role to Gordon since he did such a great job showing Telly, Zoe, and Elmo how to do everything that a Big Bad Wolf should do! MEXICO ON SESAME STREET (4096) Rosita is feeling homesick for her abuela and for Mexico. Seeing how much Rosita misses Mexico and her abuela, Big Bird and friends decide to bring Mexico to her by decorating Sesame Street to look just like Mexico! They also bring in authentic Mexican food and Luis sings a traditional Mexican song. Rosita is truly surprised and grateful when she realizes what everyone has done. To everyone's surprise, Rosita's abuela shows up too! She missed Rosita so much that she had to fly in to see her. Rosita couldn't be happier! They all continue the fiesta together. ROCK SITTER FOR ROCCO (4097) Zoe needs a rock-sitter to read, sing, and play with Rocco while she is away in swimming class. Telly agrees to take care of Rocco in the meantime. Since Rocco likes rock stories, Telly, with Elmo's help, first tells her the story of "Goldirock and the Three Bears." Since Rocco also likes rock music, Telly, Alan, and Bob sing, "Rock Around the Rock" to her. When Zoe returns from her swimming class, Telly tells her about all the fun they had while she was away, and offers to help her take care of Rocco anytime! GOLDILOCKS TAKES OVER NURSERY RHYMES (4098) Being completely oblivious to their feelings, Goldilocks takes Little Miss Muffet's curds and whey, and then sticks her finger into Little Jack Horner's pie. She takes both of their nursery rhymes and makes them her own! Little Miss Muffet and Little Jack Horner are so upset that they start crying and run off to Baby Bear and Big Bird who offer to help them. They encourage Little Miss Muffet and Little Jack Horner to be assertive and stand up for themselves. Little Miss Muffet and Little Jack Horner gain the confidence to approach Goldilocks who is at Hooper's Store with Alan. Alan notices that Little Miss Muffet and Little Jack Horner are very upset so he encourages them to share their feelings with Goldilocks. After they express how badly she made them feel, Goldilocks realizes that she wouldn't like it if they did the same thing to her and apologizes, saying that she really didn't mean to make them feel sad. ELMO'S AND ZOE'S SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION (4099) Elmo watches a leaf floating in a bucket of water and this observation leads Elmo to many other scientific questions. Elmo, Zoe, and Telly are all curious about whether or not objects such as a leaf,an apple, a rock (Rocco), and a triangle either float, sink, and/or slide. They first have a hypothesis about what might happen and then they test their hypothesis with an experiment. In the meantime, Gordon is there to ask Elmo, Zoe, and Telly about what is happening and what might happen next. They all have a wonderful time exploring together, and learning great new words such as experiment and hypothesis. "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?" SHOW (4100) Elmo is excited to play a messy scientific game show called, "What Happens Next?" with Oscar as the host! With the help of his adult friends on Sesame Street, Elmo learns lots of new things about what would happen next if, for example, Slimey jumps into a little mud pool from a low diving board, and then from a high board. Would there be a little splash or a big splash? Elmo uses fun science words such as hypothesis when making guesses about what would happen next. Elmo has a great time learning to observe, making guesses, and checking to see if his hypothesis is correct! ELMO AND ZOE CLAIM A BALL (4101) Zoe and Elmo find a ball on Sesame Street and begin arguing over whose ball it is. They both keep saying, "It's mine!" Luis then enters and explains that instead of arguing over whose ball it is, they could have fun with it by sharing, taking turns, and playing together. While Zoe and Elmo are learning to share and take turns, Baby Bear comes in and is so relieved to see his ball! They all begin to argue over whose ball it is again until Zoe and Elmo are finally convinced when Baby Bear shows them the letter "B" that he had marked on the ball for "Baby Bear." Baby Bear could see that Elmo and Zoe are sad to see the ball go so he decides to share the ball, and they all realize that taking turns and playing together is even more fun than owning your own ball. GINA'S VET ASSISTANT (4102) Gina is so busy that she is in desperate need of an assistant. With just a wish, her Furry Godmother appears and grants her a veterinarian's assistant who happens to be Grover! Unfortunately, Gina doesn't seem to be able to help the hiccupping duck in her examining room because Grover keeps screaming, "Emergency!" Gina also finds it difficult to help the other animals because Grover mistakes a camel for a horse, a lamp for a living thing, and a cat for a tiger.Gina then teaches Grover about these animals and about living things so that he can better understand what a real veterinary emergency might be. In the end, Grover doesn't think that he is cut out to be Gina's assistant, but finds a new calling curing hiccupping ducks- by surprising them! TELLY'S AND BABY BEAR'S STORY (4103) Baby Bear and Telly decide to use their imaginations to write a story together, but have a hard time deciding on whether their story should be about a magic bowl of porridge or a magic triangle. With Maria's help, they realize that best friends should be able to work together and compromise by deciding to write a story about both! Their story takes place in the Kingdom of Dum Diddley Dum Diddley Do. In this Kingdom, there is a magical triangular bowl of porridge. The bowl has three sides and three angles, and is filled with an unlimited amount of delicious porridge that King Baby Bear absolutely loves. Baby Bear and Telly realize that they make a great team and decide to write another story together! GROUCH APPRENTICE (4104) Donald Grump, the grouch with the most trash in the world, is looking for a new apprentice. Oscar, Grundgetta, and the other grouches can't wait to meet him because if they get chosen, they will get to keep some of Grump's trash. Elmo decides that he wants to be Grump's helper too, but just because he likes to help others. Grump puts them through counting and sorting tasks that Elmo does great at. Oscar and Grundgetta are too busy arguing and the other grouches have already been fired. Grump decides that even though Elmo succeeded at all the tasks, he is too good at being a helper to help a grouch. Elmo doesn'tmind. He gets to leave with the one thing he wanted anyway- Grump's hairpiece. Grundgetta and Oscar are both hired, but they decide that Grump's trash isn't worth it if they have to help him to get it. He leaves Oscar and Grundgetta no choice but to tell him, "You're fired!" SUPER CHICKEN ON SESAME STREET (4105) Super Chicken helps Luis and Maria replenish their supply of packing tape at the Mail It Shop, helps Miles untie shoelaces, and fixes Gabi's broken popcorn machine. As Super Chicken quickly comes to the rescue and solves everyone's problems, Super Grover begins to feel sad and useless as a superhero. He thinks that perhaps his friends on Sesame Street don't need him anymore. However, Luis, Maria, Gabi, Miles, and Big Bird all convince Super Grover that the only real superhero for Sesame Street is him, especially since there's no other superhero in the world who can give a super hug like he does! BOB'S DEAF NIECE (4106) Rosita and Telly want to play a game of tag but they can't find anyone to play with them. They meet Bob's niece Samara and wonder if she would like to play. She can't hear them because she is deaf. Rosita and Telly are concerned because they don't know how they will be able to all speak and play together. Samara explains that even though she can't hear them, she can talk to them by using sign language. They have a lot of fun learning, playing, and also signing and saying the alphabet together. Everyone on Sesame Street gets so excited about sign language that they all can't wait to learn more. ADVENTURES OF LITTLE BIG BIRD, PART 1 (4107) Part 1 of a 2 part story (For Part 2, see 4101): Mumford is doing his new big/little trick for everyone. While he meant to turn a big letter "M" into a little letter "M," he accidentally turns Big Bird into little Big Bird! Big Bird realizes that he is in a brand new world being little. Everything is so big and he meets small creatures he never would have been able to before. All of a sudden, he hears Snuffy calling him for their playdate. Big Bird tries to call back, but Snuffy can't hear him because he is too small. This becomes very frustrating and Big Bird wants to be big again. He figures out a plan and embarks on his trip to Alan and Gordon, who can help him find Mumford. ADVENTURES OF LITTLE BIG BIRD, PART 2 (4108) Part 2 of a 2 part story (For Part 1, see 4105): Previously, Big Bird was accidentally changed into little Big Bird when Mumford tried to do a magic trick. While it was fun being little, little Big Bird now wants to be big again so that he can play with his friend Snuffy. He decides that he has to make his way to Alan and Gordon who are playing chess so that they can help find Mumford to change him back. On his very long and slow trip, a ladybug named Mike crash lands right into him. He teaches little Big Bird that he has to keep trying no matter what obstacles he faces and what size he is. Little Big Bird remembers to believe in himself and with a little persistence, he finally makes it! Once he is finally noticed, Mumford is able to turn little Big Bird back into big Big Bird. In true Mumford fashion, Mike the ladybug is turned big as well and wants to join Alan and Gordon in a game of chess.