In a Sesame Street segment from the early 1980s, Bob reads an untitled story of a king who gives three special items to his sons (who all bear mustaches and perms). These items include a basket of food, a horse to ride, and a talkative bird who speaks of what it's seen. The sons each choose one of the gifts, and the king entrusts them on the condition that they be used to make people happy.

At first, the sons are unsuccessful in fulfilling their duties by themselves with their one chosen item. Upon meeting each other again, they discover that by cooperating and using all of their items together, they're able to feed hungry villagers who live miles away.

Muppet performers include Brian Muehl (as the King), Frank Oz (the Lavender son), Jerry Nelson (the Green son), Richard Hunt (the Orange Gold son), and Cheryl Blaylock (the bird).