Just last month, we met Abby Cadabby, Sesame Street’s newest muppet member and Fairy-Godmother-in-training, when she made her first appearance in the movie “Abby in Wonderland.” Here, she talks to Parent & Child about her adventures in Wonderland and the joys and challenges that come with being the new kid in town.
Parent & Child: Hi there, Abby.
Abby Cadabby: Hi!
P&C: How does it feel to be the new girl on Sesame Street?
AC: It was easy moving in. I am lucky because my mommy introduced me to Baby Bear early, and Baby Bear took me to school and introduced me around. Everybody is super nice. I played pizza parlor with Rosita and Zoe. Zoe also taught me a really cool dance, and Rosita is teaching me Spanish. Elmo is super funny – we laugh all the time
P&C: You’re the only one on Sesame Street with magical powers. That must be really cool!
AC: Sometimes – magical powers can get you into trouble. A couple of times, there have been some “pumpkin incidents.” You see, I’m still learning the rhymes. And rhymes, when you use your magic wand, are almost like recipes. All the words add up to something like a really good cake. If you mess up the words, the recipe goes bad. And for me, my recipes always end up as pumpkins.
P&C: Well that’s not too bad.
AC: Tell that to Oscar the Grouch – I accidentally turned his sloppy jalopy into a giant pumpkin!
P&C: What was Wonderland like?
AC: Oh, wow. That was really an adventure. At first, it was really exciting. I’ve always dreamed about having my own fairytale. I’m a wish fairy, which is a fairy-god-mother-in-training, and it’s important for me to be able to help people’s dreams come true and make wishes with my magic wand. But what I learned is that not all magic comes from your wand. The most important magic comes from your heart, and from being a good listener, and helping each other.
P&C: What did you learn there about being on your own in a strange place?
AC: The most important thing I realized is that you have to be patient. You might want something right away – especially if it’s your fairly tale – but it might not be time yet. Like I wanted to go home right away, but it wasn’t my time yet. I also learned how much I loved home when I realized how much I missed it – and my mommy. But once I focused my mind on being strong enough to get home, to the place I belonged, I was able to get back there.
P&C: What advice would you have for kids who find themselves in a new or strange place, and they don’t know what to do?
AC: Like I said before, the real magic comes from your heart and by listening – listening to yourself as well as others. Sit down and think about all of the people that love you, about what might be frightening you and how to make those worries go away. You don’t have to have all of the answers, but listening to yourself is a good place to start looking for them. Just be yourself, be true to your heart, and listen to the people in your life you trust and love. They can help guide you sometimes.