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The Five: Five essential lessons from Grover

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 23rd 2006 1:59PM

groverHigh on the list of things none of you probably care about is the fact that Grover is my favorite Muppet of all time. He and I even share a birthday (it's true). What I love about Grover, besides his lovable furriness, is how willing he is to do himself bodily harm in the name of education. After the jump I've placed five clips of Grover doing what he does best: teaching kids no matter how much physical punishment it causes him. Now let's all learn together, shall we?

Have you ever been inside a building and didn't know how to get out? Sure, we all have. Thankfully, Grover is here to explain what "Exit" means, and how it can aid you in your desire to egress. Just try not to get trampled like Grover does.

Next, Grover explains what an echo is. Did he really have to climb that mountain to explain it? No, not really, but we love him for his tenacity. His mountain climbing clothes are adorable, and the way he says "Oh, mommy!" in the beginning cracks me up every time I watch it.

This time, Grover enlists his pal Kermit to tell kids how to take care of their teeth. Remember kids, see your tooth checker regularly, eat crunchy bananas, and comb your teeth after every meal. Kermit's speech impediment after he gets his false teeth is hilarious, and he and Grover make a hilarious comedy team. Frank Oz and Jim Henson worked together like veteran jazz musicians, and this proves it. The jokes and the timing are absolutely perfect.

Again, Kermit joins Grover to help explain the difference between "short" and "long," but this time Grover is the foil. That's fine with me, Grover is always funniest when he's experiencing physical and emotional anguish.

Finally, what I consider to be the quintessential Grover lesson: his demonstration of "near" and "far." The furry blue one is not content on merely telling kids the difference between these two words, he's going to demonstrate it over and over again until every child watching understands and appreciates what the words mean and how to use them. Truly a classic moment.

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kerry

Oh, thank you. I haven't seen these in about 25 years, such a treat! (especially near and far!)
Elmo is such a sorry substitute for Grover. *sigh*

September 25 2006 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brendon Carr

No fooling. Elmo is a shoddy replacement for Grover. Half the time I have no idea what Elmo is even saying. Yet he seems to be popular with the kiddies.

September 25 2006 at 5:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TeleChimp

Grover is, and always will be, one of my favorite muppets. He was way more likable than Elmo, who basically replaced him.

September 24 2006 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
erroneous_nick

I still hum the tune to "Fuzzy and Blue" even though my kids haven't watched Sesame Street in ages. Got a clip of that song by any chance? :o)

September 24 2006 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

I crack up when Grover calls Kermit, "Froggy."

Doesn't Grover remind you of a Russian immigrant teaching American school children?

September 23 2006 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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