WUCF to premiere Sesame Street Cookie Monster special

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WUCF will premiere an all-new one-hour PBS KIDSSESAME STREET special on February 16, 2015. “The Cookie Thief,” Cookie Monster’s first special, builds on SESAME STREET’s 45-year history of helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. The nail-biting, cookie-munching thriller guest stars Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame and celebrates the arts. “The Cookie Thief” is a fun, action-packed special in which Cookie Monster explores self-regulation concepts – such as impulse control, following directions and managing emotions. New episodes from SESAME STREET will also premiere on WUCF during the week of February 16.

“WUCF is anxiously awaiting the release of ‘The Cookie Thief.’ It's hilarious special that will delight both kids and parents across Central Florida with humor, mystery and ‘cookie’ art,” said WUCF TV Executive Director Polly Anderson

In “The Cookie Thief,” a cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, like “Girl With the Cookie Earring” and the “Muncha Lisa,” Cookie Monster and his friends feel as if they’re in a whole new world. But when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can Cookie Monster clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?

“We are excited to help kids learn self-regulation strategies through this wonderful Cookie Monster story,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of SESAME STREET. “These are important skills that all kids need when starting preschool and throughout their lives.”

On digital platforms, new content from SESAME STREET will also be available in February. “The Cookie Thief” clips and the full-length special will be available starting February 16 on pbskids.org/video, the PBS KIDS Video App and on PBS KIDS on Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku. A new “Cookie Thief”-themed game will also launch on pbskids.org/sesame in early February. Parents can also download Cookie Monster’s Challenge, an app designed for children ages 3-5 that builds on SESAME STREET’s 45th anniversary season’s curricular focus: self-regulation and executive function skills that teachers identify as critical for school readiness. Available on iPad, Kindle and Android tablets, Cookie Monster’s Challenge offers a series of games designed to engage children and challenge them to practice self-control, focus, memory, following directions and problem-solving.

Since its debut in 1969, SESAME STREET has provided millions of families with trusted, engaging content, and has earned extensive critical acclaim. More moms watch SESAME STREET than any other preschool program and SESAME STREET has won more Emmy Awards than any other show in TV history.* More information about SESAME STREET is available at www.sesamestreet.org and pbskids.org/sesame.

“The Cookie Thief” Airdates and Additional New Season Episodes Descriptions

“The Cookie Thief” – premieres Monday, February 16 and repeats February 18 and 20 at 10 a.m. on WUCF.

“Chaos at Hooper's Store” (#4519) – premieres Tuesday, February 17 at 10 a.m.

Alan and Telly use math to figure out how to take care of The Old Lady Who Lives in a Shoe’s 12 kids when she drops them off. Educational objective: Math/Self-Regulation

“Bert’s Sign Painting Challenge” (#4520) – premieres Thursday, February 19 at 10 a.m.
Chris helps Bert calm down as he struggles with letters that look similar while trying to pass Vincent Van Stop’s sign painting test. Educational objective: Literacy/Self-Regulation

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