Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street

Sesame Street Forty Years of Life on the Street

For forty years, kids have learned their ABC’s and 123’s from a puppet filled street named Sesame Street. In celebration of the fortieth anniversary, publishers Black Dog & Leventhal have put together a massive coffee table book chronicling the history of the show.

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My biggest fear before opening the book was that it would be very Elmo-centric. It’s not. The book features everything from the cast to the puppets to the making of the learning shorts.

A Celebration of 40 years chronicles its history starting with the initial idea for the show and its pilot in 1969. The book contains more than 1,500 never seen before behind-the-scenes photos with information on how the show is made and the puppeteers who control Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Big Bird. The most touching part of the book is the profile of Will Lee who played Mr. Hooper. When he died of a heart attack in 1982, the producers had to acknowledge the death of one of the most popular cast members. The show used the opportunity to teach children about death and had the character Mr. Hooper die as well.

This isn’t a childrens book. Its made for adult fans who remember the show fondly.  I wish there was a 40th anniversary television special. As a bonus a DVD of the show’s first episode is included. If you decide to pick it up the first thing you’ll notice is the massive size of this book. There is so much information that I haven’t read through it all yet. Hopefully, the book tells us how to get to get there.

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