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Prairie Dawn in her natural habitat, playing piano for a pageant.



Prairie in her yellow-trim dress, given to her around Season 29.


In a 2006 appearance on Clips & Quips.


A new Prairie puppet first appeared around 2008. This version combines her original design with a more modern look.


Prairie Dawn with Betty Lou in the View-Master set Green Earth Blue Skies.


Betty Lou and Prairie Dawn in the credits of a Season 10 episode.


Prairie reporting on Fairy Tale Emergencies in a 2007 episode.


Prairie Dawn is a flustered, level-headed, seven-year old Muppet girl on Sesame Street. She is famous for writing and directing school pageants featuring her friends, mostly Ernie, Bert, Herry, Grover, and Cookie Monster.

Detail-oriented and efficient, Prairie often aspires to work in broadcasting or journalism, presenting "Fairy Tales Today" on Sesame Street itself; and also serving as a correspondent for the Monster News Network in Sesame Street Stays Up Late! ("I'm not a monster, but it is a job in communications"), and directing the broadcast of Elmopalooza prior to being trapped with Jon Stewart and the rest of the crew.

In addition to her pageants, she has been seen in her own segments, chronicling "The Adventures of Prairie Dawn". From Season 33 to Season 37 she frequently tried to keep Cookie Monster from eating the Letter of the Day. She can also be seen on the TV series Play With Me Sesame. On that series, Prairie Dawn presented artwork submitted by viewers.

Prairie Dawn has appeared in a number of game show sketches. She has been a contestant on at least two of Guy Smiley's game shows -- "The Triangle is Right" and "What's My Letter?" -- and was also the subject of another Guy Smiley game show, "What's Prairie's Problem?" She has also been a contestant on "Squeal of Fortune", and has appeared in "The New Here is Your Life" sketch about a glass of milk, and made appearances in "The Letter of the Day Games."

Prairie Dawn is sometimes confused with the blond, pigtailed Betty Lou, as both based on the Hot Pink Little Anything Muppet. Although the two similar looking girls were rarely seen together on screen, they were often paired in book appearances, such as The Sesame Street Sun.

Baby Prairie Dawn and her mom are two of the main characters in Sesame Beginnings.



Book appearances

Character Merchandise

See also


  1. Leslie Carrara-Rudolph: Now Showing on Screen
  2. Brill, Fran. The Muppet Mindset interview. November 17, 2010.

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