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'Sesame Street' and Abby Cadabby talk about divorce

Richard Termine

With its more than 40-year history as the pinnacle of children’s educational programing, I didn’t think there was anything Sesame Street hadn’t tackled. But thanks to this Time.com/Tumblr Storyboard article  we find out that after a failed run at it in the early 90s, the beloved show is addressing the issue of divorce for the first time and the adorable fairy Abby Cadabby is just the muppet to do it.

On a segment appearing on the Sesame Street web site as part of multimedia project  Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, Abby Cadabby talks about having two homes because her parents are divorced, and Gordon helps her explain it to her friends. Unlike the scrapped first attempt by the Children’s Television Workshop show to address divorce, which had the doleful Snuffy going through it in present time and expressing his fresh pain, Abby’s parents’ divorce is in the past. And she’s had time to adjust, putting it all in a perspective in a way that will hopefully resonate with other children of divorce.

Find out more in the video below and then check out the 13-minute segment.

What do you think of how Sesame Street handled a tough subject?

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