Friday, February 20, 2009

"The Alligator King" Sesame Street Segment

"The Alligator King" is a classic 1971 Sesame Street segment about the number 7.

The song tells the story of a mustachioed alligator king who is feeling mighty down and offers his crown to whichever of his seven sons can cheer him up.

The first six sons try bring him gifts, but they end up doing more harm than good. The seventh son, however, helps the king up after he falls down and is awarded the crown, which is revealed to have been purchased "on sale at a discount store" for seven cents. As a result, not only does "The Alligator King" teach about the number 7, but it also shows that helping others is more important than material things.

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