There's a new muppet on the Sesame Street block, and her name is Abby Cadabby. Having a two year old myself, this is big news around these parts. Actually it's big news everywhere. She was named Person of the Week by ABC News. Here's what they had to say about it:
When you think "Sesame Street," you think Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover: All lovable, all entertaining and all boys.
Not anymore. "Sesame Street's" newest "star" Muppet, Abby Cadabby, is a girl.
Abby Cadabby describes herself as "a fairy in training."
She made her debut on Monday, kicking off "Sesame Street's" 37th season. Three-year-old Abby is the venerable children's show's first female character with major star potential, hoping to rival the likes of powerhouse Elmo.
What took "Sesame Street" so long to embrace girl power the way other popular kids' shows like "Dora the Explorer" and "Lizzie McGuire" have?
"It's hard to write and portray women as funny without giving them some sort of stereotypical hang-ups that we tend to put labels on," says Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of "Sesame Street." "If Cookie Monster was created as a female character, she would get sort of pressure for having an eating disorder."
(Read the whole article HERE.)