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Three New Sesame Street Episodes to Kick Off 2014

Grandparents Celebration (Episode 4417) on Sesame Street

Watch Sesame Street Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. on WV PBS as Season 44 continues.

Thursday, Jan. 9: “Grandparents Celebration” -- Hooper's Store is throwing a Grandparents Celebration on Sesame Street! Elmo hasn't seen his grandparents in a long time, so he's excited that they'll be visiting for the celebration. But to Elmo's disappointment, he finds out that his grandparents are stuck at the airport and they're going to miss the party.

Chris and Alan tell Elmo that he'll still have fun, and encourage him to stay for the celebration. Elmo agrees and listens to Baby Bear's grandfather Grampy Bear tell stories, but Elmo still misses his grandparents. So Alan and Chris decide to pretend to be Elmo's grandparents to cheer Elmo up, but that doesn't work either.

Will Elmo be able to enjoy himself at the Grandparents Celebration even though his grandparents aren't there?

The Princess Story (Episode 4418) on Sesame Street
The Princess Story debuts on Thursday, Jan. 16

Thursday, Jan. 16: “The Princess Story” -- Abby and Zoe want to make up a princess story, but Rosita isn't sure how. They ask Leela to help them write it down, but where do they begin?

Leela explains that most stories start with a problem. Abby and Zoe decide that the princess is stuck in a tower. Leela asks Rosita to imagine how the princess escapes, but Rosita says she doesn't know. She isn't sure if she can make up a story like Zoe and Abby!

Leela explains that everyone can make up a story and encourages Rosita to use her imagination.

Judy and the Beast (Episode 4419) on Sesame Street
Watch Sesame Street on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. for the debut of "Judy and the Beast" on WV PBS

Thursday, Jan. 23: “Judy and the Beast” -- The famous Judy of "Judy and Beast" is visiting Sesame Street in search of a new fairy godmother. She's in luck because Abby is a fairy and happy to help. Abby's first duty as fairy godmother is to find a unique beast with whom Judy can share her adventures.

Abby waves her wand and a lobster appears. But the lobster really belongs in the ocean and isn't the perfect beast for Judy. Abby waves her wand a second time and a kangaroo appears. But the kangaroo misses his home in Australia and is too hoppy for Judy.

Judy's friend is somewhere out there. Will she ever find her beastly companion?

For more fun, visit the Sesame Street website sponsored by PBS KIDS.

Since 1969, children and adults alike have flocked to the place where multiethnic, multigenerational, and even multi-species residents coexist in harmony. The people on this very special street learn life’s lessons together, provide viewers with strong role models, and teach children that everyone brings a special ability to the community. Here, children learn to use their imaginations, build social skills, and respect people’s differences. Check out the parent site for ideas on how to use Sesame Street after the program is over.

Sesame Workshop launched Sesame Street’s 44th season in September with a funny new segment, “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures.” In each five-minute segment of “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” children will learn many strategies and activities that promote the self-regulation curriculum. Additionally, Sesame Street introduced a new Latino neighbor, Armando, played by actor Ismael Cruz Córdova. Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new “Elmo the Musical” segments; new animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances!

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