Perhaps in anticipation of this year’s summer reading theme, my brain has decided to dig up an earworm. I have had “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” stuck in my head, out of nowhere. That song is so catchy it’s exasperating (especially if you’re Liza). It resembles “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” in its accumulation of objects and, to an extent, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
So I went to chase the song out of my head and found the old school Sesame Street version of “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”. I was glad I was somewhere I could laugh. As Henry ploddingly explains the maintenance mishaps with their well-bucket, laughing sheepishly, Liza nags him from her rocking chair pitch-perfect, eyebrows scowling under her bun and above her glasses. The puppeteer gives her a really expressive body language; you can feel her ebbing patience as she slowly looks skyward. Her voice as she sings becomes increasingly frazzled and frayed, and kids will laugh as Liza looks at them deadpan with a “Can you believe it?” Henry’s awkward throat-clearing before the last verse is adorable. Poor Henry.
While you’re on Sesamestreet.org, check out the Fat Blue and Grover skits. I don’t think I appreciated how clever the shtick was; you barely even notice they’re teaching sizes or prepositions or letters. You’re absorbing it while you’re watching the unfortunate Fat Blue give up his lunchtime thanks to the clueless antics of Waiter Grover, who seems to haunt every restaurant (and now reality show, apparently) in town.
For more old school Sesame Street, check out the Sesame Street Old School DVDs in the Children’s Department.