by Michele Norris
All Things Considered, August 11, 2006
Sesame Street's got a new girl on the block: Abby Cadabby. The 3-year-old muppet fairy will be the long-running PBS children's show first leading female character.
With her pink-and-purple pigtails, pink body and pink dragonfly wings, it's not hard to figure out Abby is a little girl.
Abby discusses learning how to use her magic wand (she's only 3, after all) and meeting the other residents of Sesame Street.
The show's executive producer, Carol-Lynn Parente, says adding Abby to the cast will give the show another way to teach about diversity.
It's also a chance to provide a strong role model for girls.
Creating characters for girls is the "challenge of trying to write so that they're reflective of girls and their character, but also are strong and smart and funny," Parente says.