Sesame Street New Character

October 6, 2011 by staff 

Sesame Street New CharacterSesame Street New Character, A hungry muppet joins the cast of Sesame Street for an upcoming special on hunger in the United States.  Lily, a girl muppet 7 years old, comes from a family struggling to have enough food. In the one-hour special, “the growing hope against Hunger,” Lily conversations with other characters about growing up in a household where food was not always enough, and then helps Elmo and her friends plan a food drive for the food bank that helped to feed her family.

Also visit a community garden with new friends Elmo and Rosita to see how food can be grown locally.

Join Lily for the special will be the country star Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams Paisley. The program will air October 9 at 7 pm

The particular aims to address the growing problem of hunger in America, where nearly 17 million families like Lily have limited access to food, according to Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president for broadcast and educational processes of Sesame Workshop . Children under six years and less than a 9.6 million who are hungry, he said.

“It’s a invisisble crisis, and that’s why I really thought that bringing a primetime special that deals with what parents and children are going through can bring hope and resources, and also for the general public, giving know this invisible crisis and how they can help, “said Betancourt.

The creation of Lily took months of research, interviews with families and children, and the script and character development before she was ready for prime-time debut, Betancourt said. Vibrant color is pink with a denim dress and ribbon, representing the “girl every day,” said Betancourt.

“The things we talk about hunger, she has experienced, and how she and her family came to ask for help through food drives, food pantries, school lunch and breakfast programs, and how it is helping and help others in the community, said Betancourt.

Lily has a habit of looking nervously to the ground when talking about their experiences, number of children imitating the doubt when it comes to matters of heart, she said.

“But with such wonderful friends around, like Elmo and Kimberly Paisley, you feel more comfortable,” he said.

Lily will also sing a song of hope and giving.

“The story is from the standpoint of the child and family perspective,” said Betancourt. “We are always aware to address the issues in a way that is useful, but also appropriate for the development of children watching.”

The special will also air in Spanish on October 22 at 1 pm on Univision and Telefutura 23 October.

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