Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sesame Street - Louise A. Gikow - Review AND Giveaway


Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 years of Life on the Street

Today marks the last day of the 26th annual Miami Book Fair International - an event I would dearly love to attend. If you're thinking about it - next year's dates are November 7 - 14, 2010.

Author Louise A Gikow was there talking about her just released book from Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers.

I use Google as my main search engine. All last week they featured characters from Sesame Street on the homepage. The first day it wasn't even a whole character - just some banded orange legs. I bet there are very few people who didn't identify them as Big Bird's appendages!

At forty years, Sesame Street is the longest running children's television show. It's now seen in 120 countries. I was already in school when it first aired, but remember sitting with my little sister and watching it with her when I got home. And then twenty years later, watching it with my children. The theme song is still easily recalled: " Sunny days, sweepin' the clouds away...."

The show is iconic and the book is amazing. It's a wonderfully heavy coffee table book. Glossy stock and over 1500 colour photographs. But it's the stories within that make it such a keeper. Founder Joan Ganz Cooney realized that television could be educational as well as entertaining and broke new ground in broadcasting that has both matched the test of time and stayed two steps ahead, always finding new ways to teach and reach children.

I loved the behind the scenes stuff - how and who is behind and in and under those Muppets? The set itself and the changes it's undergone. Scripts are reproduced, songs, anecdotes, art and oh, so much more. The 'real' folks that appeared are featured as well, as are the celebrities who did guest appearances.

I had such fun, enjoying every page - and it's not a book to be rushed through - there is so much to take in and relish.

And if that wasn't enough, there's a bonus DVD included, featuring clips and moments from the show. I remembered so many of them!! I was singing along to "Who are the people in your neighbourhood?", "One of these things is not like the others..." and a few more!

As Gordon said on the very first show Nov 10, 1969:

" You've never seen a street like Sesame Street. Everything happens here. You're gonna love it."

And millions of children and adults have and do love it. This would be a fantastic gift for anyone of any age. And thanks to the sponsorship of The Miami Book Fair International, I have one copy to give away.

What do you have to do to enter? Let me know who your favourite character is. Muppet or human. Myself, I am very partial to Grover. An extra entry for followers or subscribers Open to both Canada and the US. Closes Sunday December 13th at 6 pm EST.

139 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Oh, man. I'd love this book, but no need to enter me. That TBR problem and all...

I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted over at Win a Book for you.

Julie P. said...

Too funny! I am a huge Grover fan. I was actually a true child of Sesame Street -- we both celebrated our 40th birthdays this year!

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Sunny @ the Library said...

Ernie, without a doubt. My mom still likes to tell how I got so excited at Sesame Street Live when Ernie came out, that I wet myself! Don't know why I'm telling on myself.

Although I did always love Grover and There's a Monster at the End of This Book was a childhood fave of mine.

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I'm following, as well.

Mary said...

I love Elmo and Chloe, too cute. I also have a great appreciation for the Muppet aliens. Yep yep yep yep...

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Dan said...

Grover is the best. I remember shooting a Super Grover film when I was a kid.

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pamelarm said...

Definitely Cookie Monster; I mean, what's not to love about cookies?

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etirv said...

I love Fozzie Bear!

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Cheryl said...

Snuffleupagus is definitely my favorite. He is laid back, slow talking, eye lash batting loveable pachyderm.

Michelle AKA blabla3269 said...

I love grover from sesame street and animal from the muppets

Cody said...

I am very fond of Ernie, Cookie Monster, & Grover (particularly as a waiter). However, my favorite would have to be Oscar the Grouch.
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Brian D. said...

Anything Jim Henson had his hand in; Sesame Street, Muppets, Fraggles, etc. was pretty amazing. Generations have grown up learning a great deal from a handful of fur and felt. Ernie was my favorite "person" and Grover was my favorite monster.

Nicola said...

Mr. Hooper!!! He was the best! Man, this sounds like a fabulous book! nicolama at cogeco dot ca

Mysharona said...

I also love Grover

Patti V. said...

What great memories of watching this show with my children and now my grandchildren! My all time favorite character is definitely Grover. One of our favorite books was "The Monster at the End of this Book".
Please enter me in the giveaway!!

Toni W said...

Looks like a great book and great giveaway! My kids are into Abby Cadabby and Elmo. I still love my Miss Piggy beach towel, circa 1984!

Linda said...

My two youngest sons grew up w/ Sesame Street. When it started, they were 1 and 2 years old, and their grandmother happened onto the show. What a great find! My favorite is Big Bird, esp. in the scenes w/ Snuffleupagus.

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Linda said...

Although I read your blog on a daily basis, I had never become a follower, but NOW I am. I'd love to win this book.

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Janice Golden said...

Elmo has been mine and my kids favorite
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Crystal said...

I loved Sesame Street as a child and watching it with my first child. I still sing songs from Elmo's Potty Time dvd. That one gets a laugh from everyone in the family.

My favorite character is Beaker - I don't know why - he just was.

Sunnyvale said...

I like Big Bird

mogrill said...

My daughter LOVES Snuffy!! And he was my favorite too. Thanks so much for the chance.
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maweisberg said...

i would love to win this

Kelly said...

My favorite characters are the Yip Yips! I just adore them, and they always make me smile. I even dressed up as one for Halloween last year! :)

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carol said...

I love Big Bird!!

carol said...

I'm a follower.

Sue E said...

It's a toss up between Ernie and Elmo, they are sooo cute. Thanks for the chance!

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mjmeeks5 said...

my favorite character has always been Oscar the Groch

Pam said...

I love Kermit the Frog - I know his role on Sesame Street is minimal but I love him anyways...

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pinkilili said...

I can't enter since I'm not from the US or Canada but I loved Sesame Street as a kid!! My fave was Cookie Monster, hahah :)

ktgonyea said...

that would be a great addition to my sons library

josiefiorda said...

I love the Cookie Monster! C is for cookie, cookie is for me!

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mscoffee77 said...

I have always loved Grover:)

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Linda Henderson said...

The count has always been my favorite. My grandkids would love this book.

I am a follower.

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carolsnotebook said...

I NEED this. Please enter me. My favorite has to be the Count, although my favorite muppet of all time is Kermit, but he only shows up on Sesame St occasionally.

I susbscribe through google reader.

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Ladytink_534 said...

I've always adored Big Bird. I was a HUGE Sesame Street fan as a kid. I had so much Big Bird memorbilia it was scary.

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Ladytink_534 said...

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

The Count! Thanks!

edmontonjb said...

The cookie monster is my favorite
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catss99 said...

I like cookie monster!
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catss99 said...

extra entry for following!
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Nicole said...

I always loved Grover, too!!

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Nickolay said...

I am a fan of Oscar The Grouch

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a real librarian said...

I gotta say, I Love Oscar the Grouch!!!

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a real librarian said...

I follow!!

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sweetsue said...

I have always loved Ernie-he is such an innocent and quite the singer!
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sweetsue said...

I'm a follower!
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Beth (BBRB) said...

Actually, I like that tiny little worm with the trash cans! SO adorable!

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r0berts said...

Hey, the duck Ernie bathes with never gets any props. So here's a shout out to Rubber Duckie!

Tammy G. said...

I love Animal...he's so...cute

Shimmy Shake said...

I think my favorite is grover...especially super grover. He is so funny and adorable.

Dave said...

Only one character? Sesame Street debuted shortly after I was born. I grew up with the show and hold all the characters dear, but I'm going to say The Count. "Vun... vun vunderful give-avay... ah ah ah!" Thank you for the chance to win.

mail4rosey said...

I've loved Sesame Street forever and a day, and I'm glad it's still up and running.

Elmo is my favorite character.
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Renee G said...

Oh I love Elmo.

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Susan said...

My favorite is Cookie Monster. I remeber seeing him before he was called Cookie when he was on the Ed Sullivan show recreating the introduction that Jim Henson created for IBM (?) in the middle 1960's.

Now days my grandkids think it's crazy when I know all those songs on Sesame Street.

Did you catch the latest Muppet video?

myspiral said...

Cookie Monster is a favorite in our house! My son requests "cookie" on youtube!
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Kaydee said...

I'd love the book. My favorite character was animal when he played the drums. He cracked me up every time.

Pat said...

I'd love this book! I especially love Super Grover, but Kermit is also a big favourite.

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Pat said...

I follow on twitter @bcgirll

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Andria said...

I like Oscar the Grouch. He reminds me of my grouchy uncle Oscar.

Tammy Pereira said...

I love Grover best! Happy Holidays!

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amy said...

l love oscar.all time favorite.thanks
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Terri L said...

Kermie of course

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iggysaysno said...

I love Snuffie :)

Melissa said...

My favorite character is Prarie Dawn.

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Ken said...

My favorite character was Grover, especially Super Grover. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

zachsgran said...

mine is oscar the grouch
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Victoria said...

I'd love to see this! My favorite is Ernie (and his rubber ducky)! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

tmc480 said...

I always liked big bird
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I subscribe via google
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soccermom1 said...

I like the cookie monster
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follower
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Terri said...

I love Grover, his voice is adorable

Terri said...

google follower

mindy said...

big bird thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

LittleEagle said...

Bid Bird was my favorite. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

minishoes1 said...

The count is my fave. great giveaway! thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

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I subscribe/follow. jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

janetfaye said...

I love Elmo!

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Andrea said...

I would love to win this.
I remember having to hunt a Cookie Monster one year for my oldest daughter's Christmas present.

Candie L said...

I loved Oscar the Grouch. Thank you

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yellowlabs said...

Cookie Monster!

wgbc1446 said...

I would have to say Big Bird is my favorite. He is always so optimistic. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

Laura Lee said...

Bert is the ultimate straight man. lauralee at speechwriting dot com

JAEMPRESS said...

big Bird was a favorite in our household.

Laura said...

When I was very young I liked Big Bird but when I got a bit older I preferred Oscar the Grouch.

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Sharon said...

I've always loved Grover. His Monster at the end of the book has always been a huge favorite of my kiddos

ky2here said...

Coo - kie

Coo - kie!!!!

Randominities said...

I love Super Grover! There is something about him I can relate to. My daughter loves Ernie's Rubber duck and Bert the best.

Anonymous said...

I love both Bert and Ernie.
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My Wee View said...

as a child it was grover,, now it has changed to Elmo!

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Heather said...

Elmo and Zoe

nostrilb said...

Kermit, of course.... He had it hard, being green, and having a pushy girlfriend. But he was always nice to everyone. iwontru yahoo

paula michele said...

I've always liked Burt and Ernie.

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Jessica said...

I've became an elmo fan, mainly b/c my two year old has elmo all over the house!

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Jessica said...

I'm a follower!

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Jessica said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Jon_Lefkove said...

I am a huge Grover fan!

Jinxy and Me said...

I love Grover too! Ernie is 2nd.

Winning Readings said...

Cookie Monster... Though my daughter loves Elmo

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Winning Readings said...

I'm a follower!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/sesame-street.html

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Melanie said...

As a kid I loved Grover. so blue and adorable!

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Anonymous said...

Cookie Monster!

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Egare1 said...

I really love cookie monster, Hubby is a big fan of Ernie and he can do the voices for both of them really well. He always cracks me up when he starts commenting on things like Ernie!

CanAmBlond said...

My favorite character will always be Elmo. Thanks for the cool giveaway.

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Janette @Unglamorous Giveaways said...

I love the Count and Cookie Monster!

chromiumman said...

big bird

liliesrnice said...

I have always loved Snuffy!

dreamcleavers said...

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i like oscar the grouch, reminds me of myself

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i subscribe on google reader

07violet said...

I loved the show as a kid, I liked pretty much all of them but Cookie Monster was definitely a favorite

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john Ferris said...

Elmo is tops.
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purango said...

Kermit the Frog is my favorite. garrettsambo@asol.com

ReggieMann said...

Abby Cadabby - she is so cute!!

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Mrs. Hemphill's Online Classroom said...

My boys are huge Elmo fans! "Elmo's world" was the highlight of many mornings for us!

Sarah said...

It's very hard to pick a favorite, but The Count is for sure one of my tops! This book sounds awesome.

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kathy pease said...

i like big bird myself :)

Angela C said...

My favorite would be Cookie Monster, he is just too cute when he tries not to eat cookies! LOL!
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Meet the Browns said...

It's so hard to pick! But I think it has to be Super Grover.

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Meet the Browns said...

I follow on Blogger :)

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packerfantimmy said...

I love Super Grover!
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lisaray said...

Gotta love Big Bird!

Gianna said...

Cookie Monster :)

Atreau said...

Ernie was always my favorite!

lilyk said...

My favorite character is Big Bird.

dvice said...

My favorite is Elmo

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love Cookie Monster the best, thanks!

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cherdon said...

My favorite is Elmo

Please enter me. Thanks

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cherdon said...

I am a follower and subscriber

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Court said...

I love Elmo