|Written by||Emily Perl Kingsley|
|Series||Sesame Street Book Club|
Big Bird, who isn't watching where he's going, accidentally walks into Susan's clothesline. After knocking the laundry all over the ground, Big Bird is worried about how angry Susan might get, and attempts to think up several lies to use, such as a flock of geese knocking it down, Biff and Sully driving their crane into it, a runaway giraffe getting tangled up in it, bicyclists pulling it down, the fire department accidentally running it over, Alphabet Bates landing on it, the circus using it to practice, a rodeo running through the yard and a tornado wreaking havoc, but soon they begin to get mixed up, and Big Bird winds up telling Susan the truth. She immediately forgives Big Bird for the incident.
- Big Bird, Susan, Biff, Sully, Rodeo Rosie, Alphabet Bates, Betty Lou, Farley, Roosevelt Franklin, and The Anything Muppets.
- This book was also adapted into the video Three Sesame Street Stories. Due to the absence of Loretta Long for the voices, Fran Brill provides the voice of Susan, who is referred to instead as "Mrs. Washington". Little Bird was also added to the video version of the story, via reusing illustrations of the character from Big Bird and Little Bird's Big & Little Book, also illustrated by A. Delaney.
- It was also reissued with other Sesame Street books in the treasury Story Land in 1986.
- "Everyone Makes Mistakes" (song)