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Ernie's Work of Art

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Erniesworkofart
Written by Valjean McLenighan
Illustrator Joe Mathieu
Published 1979
Publisher Western Publishing
Series Little Golden Books

Ernie's Work of Art is a 1979 Sesame Street Little Golden Book featuring Ernie.

The book begins with Oscar insulting Ernie's "getup", and Ernie explaining "beneath this stripey shirt, there beats the heart of an artist." Eventually, Bert and The Count arrive, as Oscar insults the brightness of Ernie's painting. The Count counters, counting the "lovely colors".

Once Prairie Dawn arrives (oddly as a brunette), Bert and Prairie begin suggesting ways that Ernie can improve his painting. Big Bird arrives on a unicycle with Roosevelt Franklin, both thinking there must be a party going on. Despite Prairie's best attempts to get Big Bird to stop, he collides with all of them, hurling Ernie's head through the canvas. Ernie is aghast with horror at the sight of his ripped painting, covered with Roosevelt's ice cream.

Oscar arises from his can, wondering what the what caused the ruckus, only to discover that he now loves Ernie's artwork. Ernie gives the painting to Oscar, titling it "The View From Oscar's Trash Can".

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