The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street by Dr. Lucille BurbankThe Inside Secrets of Sesame Street by Dr. Lucille Burbank

The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street

byDr. Lucille Burbank

Paperback | August 15, 2016

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Since its premiere in November 1969, Sesame Street has been a beloved favorite among children and adults alike for over 45 years. This book contains an enormous amount of background information on one of the most successful children's shows in broadcasting history. It also illuminates a television model that is transferable to any adult TV series and, through its pictorial content, brings back nostalgic moments that are a joy to remember!

Title:The Inside Secrets of Sesame StreetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.35 inPublished:August 15, IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634914384

ISBN - 13:9781634914383

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Table of Contents

ContentsPrologueIntroductionWhat's Up First?Dish Out Heaps of Quality and Spice with HumorGood Writing and Keeping Sesame Street FreshJim Henson's MuppetsBig Bird's ExperiencesMore On the Muppets and Jim HensonWhat's Research Got To Do With It? EverythingKnow Your Audience And Factor in Parents!Captain KangarooPace of Program: Slow? Medium? Fast? The Environment At the Time-1969An Educational TV Series Can Have LongevitySesame Street's Role in Special EducationAbundant Resources "Strange Bedfellows"A Philosophy of Teaching with TelevisionC is for Curriculum and ChangeLaying Out ?e Goals"One of These Things is Not Like the Others"The Role of MusicSpecial Effects: Just Like Salt, Less Is BetterBringing In the Real World and Going InternationalSound Marketing PrinciplesWhat Makes a Successful Television Series?EpilogueReferencesPhoto CreditsA Caveat for New ParentsA Description of Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodMy Research Method

Editorial Reviews

This book was reviewed at the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The judge rated the following areas "outstanding:" structure, organization, pacing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, voice, and writing style. Here is an excerpt from the judge's commentary.THIS BOOK contains an enormous amount of background information on Sesame Street, doubtless one of the most successful children's shows in broadcasting history. The show is over 45 years old. The focus is placed on the pioneers of the show and how they came up with the concept and all the research involved. One can also read about performers, puppeteers, writers, directors, etc. Personalities like Jim Henson and other key figures provide enlightening nuggets. The creation and development of such familiar characters as the Muppets, Kermit the Frog, and Big Bird is particularly interesting. Chapters detail how the educational role of the show was sustained as well as its fantasy element. The material also covers the writing element, how to keep the show fresh, seeking new material and subjects, and judging audience reactions. One section covers the production of the popular show in other countries including Russia. There are also references about the show including advice to parents on allocation of TV viewing time [for] children and material on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood...