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Believe it or not, Saturday is Rubber Ducky Day! (You can order all kinds of rubber duckies at Oriental Trading at that link!) Whenever I hear about a Rubber Ducky, I always thinks of Ernie on Sesame Street singing the song! When I was a teenager, and my oldest nephew, Doug was just 2 years old, I taught him to sing that song. He was so adorable. Now he has teenagers of his own. Whenever I see him, which isn't often enough, I remember that cute little 2 year old. (Sorry Doug) I don't know if he ever taught his kids that song though.
This year for Christmas, my grandchildren received Sesame Street books and stuffed characters from Sesame Street. (Kohl's is really good about selling books and stuffed toys for $5.00 to help kids become readers. The Sesame Street Books are on clearance right now!) So, all of these things combined prompted me to ask this week's Friday Fave question:
Who is your favorite Sesame Street Character?
As we begin, you have to know that we are an old school Sesame Street family. When I look at Sesame Street now, I hardly recognize it! My kids remember when Elmo was just a little no name monster, when Grover was hilarious and when Big Bird was finally able to let everyone see Mr. Snuffleupagus. Remember when the Cookie Monster was allowed to eat cookies? Those are the Sesame Street days that we know and loved.
I didn't even need to ask Alicia who her favorite character is. She has always loved Grover! When she had braces on her teeth, her retainer even had Grover on it! He was so funny as Super Grover and when he played the waiter at every restaurant on the show was hilarious. Alicia's favorite Sesame Street book has always been The Monster at the End of this Book starring Grover! Here are the boys reading it!
The other one is reading its sequel that stars Grover and Elmo, Another Monster at the End of This Book.
Both of these books feature Grover trying to get you not to turn the pages to the end of the book because he is afraid of the monster at the end. In the second book, Elmo aids the reader in thwarting his attempts. Both of the books have a funny and happy ending! (of course!) Today, you can get them in hard cover for under$5.00 on Amazon!
Lindsey chose Cookie Monster. I kind of wanted to pick him as well, because who doesn't love Cookie Monster? Who doesn't sometimes feel like Cookie Monster on the inside when you see your favorite cookies ready to be devoured? When Madalynn was little, she had a talking Cookie Monster (similar) that always said, "Oh boy, oh boy!" It is one of those silly little phrases that have always stuck with us.
When the kids were little, we had a cassette of Sesame Street songs that taught the letters of the Alphabet! We loved that thing! Of course, it taught the letter "C" with Cookie Monster singing "C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me!" We have found the songs on YouTube, and I was looking for it on Amazon. I think I have found it on CD! I hope that this is it! I have used these songs when I was teaching. Kids love them and some of our favorites are the letters "L", "W", and "Y". I think I may have to order this for my grandchildren! It is a classic.
Oscar the Grouch
Madalynn had a hard time choosing because Cookie Monster was taken! She finally ended up with Oscar the Grouch, the lovable guy in the trash can! Here is a cute book called A Day in the Life of Oscar the Grouch. It is a good compare and contrast book as Oscar talks about what he likes and doesn't like on Sesame Street. Another cute one is Grouchy Hugs. It has litter Oscar arms that interact with the pages.
Ernie or The Count? I Can't Decide!
Ernie and the Count are both favorites of mine! My kids tell me that when I laugh really hard, I sound like Ernie and I love the Count's Transylvanian accent as he counts. I used to imitate him for my kids all of the time.
When my kids were very young, my friend sent me an entire set of Sesame Street Treasury that had short stories, activities and songs in them. They even taught American Sign Language with Linda! They were so great for teaching pre-schoolers and I used to use all of my best imitations of all the characters that I could as I read them. Guess what! I found them on Amazon! They are collectible and if you want them, hurry because there are only a few left!
Who are your favorite Sesame Street Characters? Do you have fond memories of them from days gone by? Do you remember the Rubber Ducky song and other Sesame Street classics? Leave us your memories in the comments below and enjoy Rubber Ducky Day!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!