Muppet Wiki

Bird Watching with Bert

Talk7
27,091pages on
this wiki
Book.birdwatchingwithbert
Written by Liza Alexander
Illustrator Joe Mathieu
Published 1991
Publisher Golden Press
Series Golden Sound Story Book
ISBN 0307740102

Bird Watching with Bert is a 1991 Sesame Street Golden Sight n' Sound Book that follows Bert, Ernie and Grover as they search for a yellow-bellied sapsucker. As they see many woodland creatures, Bert expresses only mild, temporary enthusiasm, unappeased without his goal. In all twelve illustrations within the book, a yellow-bellied sapsucker subtly appears, unnoticed by the characters.

Early on in the search, Grover spots a robin, which "puffs out its red breast. It looks so proud!" As the wooded trail turned, Ernie spots a grasshopper. Bert "spied some pieces from a little blue egg", and suspects the mother robin and her chicks are nearby. The guess is correct, as Bert sees her feeding her babies, through his binoculars. Ernie spots a "one big bird", which Bert identifies as a crow, "one of the most intelligent birds", and as Grover points out, one of the most noisy.

Grover then pretends to be a bumblebee; Ernie comments that Grover's just like a bumblebee, while he himself is "more like a robin." Grover changes his mind, wanting to be like a grasshopper instead of bee, and Ernie suggests Bert is like a crow "because a crow is a very smart bird!". Bert whines "I do not want to be a crow. All I want is to see a yellow-bellied sapsucker."

Ernie spots a bullfrog, which Grover proceeds to act like, then spots a chipmunk eating acorns. Ernie and Grover list off all the interesting animals they've seen on their hike, Bert still sighs, expressing that his heart is still set on a sapsucker. Ernie thinks he sees one of a branch, but Bert identifies it as a dove. Ernie hears a "racket in the field over there", which Grover identifies as three blue jays. "Groovy!" Bert says, commenting that they're having a "blue jay party". He starts to cheer up, as they review the animals they've seen.

The three see a loon, which Grover decides that he'd like to be like. They soon hear a rustle in the bushes, and spot yellow through the leaves. "A big yellow bird crashed through the thicket. He was carrying a picnic basket." Ernie asks Bert if he'd settle for Big Bird as a substitute, which Bert agrees. The three review what animals they've seen to Big Bird. They settle in to eat brownies, that Big Bird baked himself.

Other books in the series

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki