Spotlight and Giveaway: "The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street," by Dr. Lucille Burbank

Spotlight and Giveaway: "The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street," by Dr. Lucille Burbank

The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street
by Dr. Lucille Burbank

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the longest running children’s show in the history of broadcasting, Sesame Street. Its debut on November 10, 1969, signaled a show that would eventually become a significant part of our culture and a new way of learning through the medium of television.

In her entertaining and well-researched book, The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, author and educational media consultant, Dr. Lucille Burbank, takes you on a 50th anniversary adventure, introducing you to the show’s true pioneers and the secrets of its long-running success.

In a collection of fun and intimate interviews, Burbank talks to Joan Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street, on how the idea for the show originated at a dinner party. Caroll Spinney, who plays both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (who knew?), tells you how the Grouch got his voice. Jane Henson, wife and creative partner of the late Jim Henson, shares their thoughts on the importance of using color and creating a sense of wonder in everything. Long-time writer, Emily Perl Kingsley, who joined the show after watching it for a year, discusses how she fell in love with Sesame Street’s humor and its freshness. And Jeff Moss, former head writer and songwriter, who is known for his lyrical song , “Rubber Duckie,” shares his thoughts about working at Sesame Street. In addition, Fred Rogers, creator of the popular and beloved, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, is interviewed among others.

Also included in the giveaway is Dr. Burbank’s Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents, a how-to tips booklet with suggestions for parents of children from birth to adolescence.

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About Dr. Burbank:
Dr. Lucille Burbank, an author, educational media consultant, mother, and grandmother, has worked behind the scenes of Sesame Street in their research division. One of her main tasks there was to meet with the head writer to make important changes in the scripts before production began. For research topics of a more serious nature, such as child abuse and fire safety, Burbank introduced qualitative evaluation and helped establish new standards by writing more detailed reports of these studies.

The recipient of a doctoral degree from Temple University, Dr. Burbank has worked in educational media and technology towards the advancement of education and special education. Receiving a scholarship while earning her doctorate, allowed her to conduct a much larger dissertational study on three prominent children’s television shows: Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street. From this study, she wrote her first book titled, Secrets from Sesame Street’s Pioneers: How They Produced a Successful Television Series, which is a reference book for graduate students and professionals in television. The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street is an elaborately designed version of the original book, intended for nostalgic generations who grew up with this beloved show.

Dr. Burbank has also written 52 Tips for Parents titled, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media. And because she knows how busy parents can be, Lucille, with Paulette Ensign of Tips Products International, recorded an audio version based on this guide. In addition, a coloring book for children, containing some of these safety tips was produced. It is called Color Your World.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, by Dr. Lucille Burbank, plus Dr. Burbank's booklet, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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