Written by Muchacha Motorista
It has been a long time since I watched Sesame Street, but 18-month-old Sombrerito is obsessed with letters these days so he joined me in reviewing Preschool is Cool: ABCs with Elmo. Professor Grover plays a dubiously-credentialed preschool teacher that needs Elmo’s help to get through the day’s lesson on the alphabet.
Elmo shows up at preschool to find Grover, “your furry, lovable teacher for the day,” gathering items that begin with each letter. He explains that this is how he preps for the lesson, though he’s having quite a time of it. Elmo gets him through a majority of the letters, and the interaction between the two is interspersed with musical segments and skits previously appearing on Sesame Street. You might recognize some of the celebrities appearances, from India.Aire singing the alphabet song with Elmo, to Seth Green playing a zealous delivery man from the Letter Of The Month Club. There’s the Alphabet Town song, an episode of A’s Anatomy, and a jazzy tune of the alphabets accompanied by animated sign language.
Sombrerito’s thoughts about the show? He had high hopes, and is still carrying around the DVD case, looking at the free Sesame Street child’s growth chart that came inside. We had to watch the show in segments, since 50 minutes in front of the TV is a bit long for an 18-month old, even with dancing to the songs. Around the 15 minute mark each time he started to wander off, pick up a book, or play with his toys.
There were a few specific parts he loved. The first was the sign language alphabet. We’ve signed the alphabet while singing the ABCs ever since we started singing the ABCs to him, so he recognized this... and liked the jazzy tune. His comments after this part: “More! A, B, C, A, D, S, A...More!” We watched it a few times before I tired of it (though he wanted even more). He enjoyed the ABCs sung by India.Aire, dancing along with them, and asking for “more!” when it was over.