Street smart If you were a child at some point during the last 30 years, then you have not escaped the influence of Sesame Street. It is a cultural icon, and part of a generation's collective unconscious. Happily, this show is now celebrating its 30th anniversary, and to commemorate, David Borgenicht offers us a much-welcome trip down memory lane with Sesame Street Unpaved: Scripts, Stories, Secrets, and Songs.

Who said: Anywhere I am is HERE. Anywhere I am not is THERE ? A Zen master? No! This was part of Grover's famous lesson on Near and Far. Why do the stripes on Ernie's shirt run horizontally and Bert's run vertically? What is really inside Oscar's trash can? You'll have to read to find out. Included are interviews with the creators, fascinating trivia, portraits of cast members (Muppets and humans), and highlights of the show's most memorable moments. Call us sentimental, but we were in tears literally reading this book. Tears of sadness remembering the day Mr. Hooper died, and tears of joy recalling episodes of Monsterpiece Theater. We learned how to count not only in English, but in Spanish, too. We learned how to be nice to others. So, if you need a little help remembering how to get back to Sesame Street, or if some part of you still dwells there, let this wonderful tribute be your guide.

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