Sesame Street
Plot Writing and reading with Kingston (repeat of 3270)
Air date April 11, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors D, L, 0
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly points out that Kingston Livingston III is writing a song, which will be ready soon.
SCENE 1 Kingston's song is finished and he cues up a funky beat. Carlo raps an intro to Kingston, who raps his own unique welcome to the viewer. Now, he's going to write a story instead.
SCENE 2 Telly wonders why Kingston is pacing back and forth when he's supposed to be writing. Kingston claims it helps him think and he gets some words of inspiration - a king, DANGER, a piano and charging horses!
SCENE 3 Telly impatiently waits for Kingston to finish writing his story - "The King Who Couldn't Read." He hands it off to Carlo to read aloud.

SCENE 3 cont'd In the story, Kingston plays an African king, who is entirely dependent upon his royal helpers to do everything for him. His Royal Reader helps him read a STOP sign (which helps them avoid some stampeding horses) and a DANGER sign (which saves them from a falling piano). One day, the Royal Reader calls in sick and the King is unable to read any signs, putting himself in much pain. He eventually gets some lessons from the Royal Reader and soon, he can read the signs on his own and learn how to do other things by reading books.
SCENE 4 Kingston is now in the mood for reading, but Carlo doesn't have anything for read. Kingston thinks the contrary and finds they can read the labels in his cap, vest and sneaker. Telly borrows his cap for the night so his mommy can read him a "bedtime cap."
SCENE 5 Sesame Street's Theater in the Park presents "The Grapes of Math," where Elmo and Carrington add their grapes.
SCENE 6 Telly notices Kingston is writing again. This time, Kingston's writing a letter to Carlo, but he can't read it out loud to them since it's a private matter. Kingston requests Telly stick around for the best part - watching Carlo read the letter to himself. Telly compliments how well Carlo does it.
SCENE 7 Carlo has a letter for Kingston now and Telly has Karrington and another child watch the thrilling action as Kingston reads it to himself. Kingston then points out there's some letters for Telly to read, despite his limited capability. The letters turn out to be the sponsors.

Known missing segments

Picture Segment Description
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Muppets After the previous segment, the offended "Ms. A. M. Goat" gives a disclaimer that not all goats eat sneakers -- she eats corn and grass, but not sneakers. Another goat enters to eat the sneakers on her desk, further irritating her.
(EKA: Episode 3354)

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