Abby Cadabby is a smart, funny, feisty, three-year-old fairy-in-training who lives in “Sesame Street,” a fictional (but ever so real) neighborhood in New York City.
The pink and purple-haired sprite with dragonfly wings debuted in 2006 during the first episode of the show’s 37th season. Abby was the first leading female Muppet character to appear on the long running PBS children’s program.
During her arrival at Sesame Street, Abby broke her magic wand, but luckily Maria from the Fix-it shop repaired her wand. Abby’s catchphrase is “That’s so Magical!”
Abby Cadabby loves the color pink, sparkles and is a real girly, girl. Since Abby is a fairy-in-training her magical powers are limited. She can fly (she floats when she is happy) and she can appear and reappear at will. When she casts a spell, she uses rhymed phrases, like “Strumpkin, lumpkin, frumpkin, pumpkin!”
“My mommy says that you don’t need magic for everything. Sometimes magic is just being a good listener to someone and helping them find their way. And know what’s in their heart. If you can help people see be what’s in their heart, that’s magic.”
Abby’s parents are divorced, so Abby shares her time between her Mommy and Daddy. Occasionally, Abby’s parents calls her on her wand cell phone. When she has to leave, she tells her friends “Gotta poof” and disappears.
Always looking to learn things, like the letters of the alphabet (“Did you know that turtles are the letter ‘T’?”) and counting numbers, Abby attends Storybook Community School, where her teacher is Mrs. Goose, and her fellow classmates include fairy tale characters like Hansel and Gretel.
Abby also takes Spanish language lessons from her friend Rosita from Sesame Street. Abby, in turn, teaches Rosita how to speak a language called Dragonfly.
When Abby is not visiting Sesame Street, she attends “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” with her teacher Mrs. Sparklenose and fairy/troll classmates including, Blögg and Gonnigan, and a part-gerbil part-unicorn called Niblet.
In the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a 43-foot balloon Abby Cadabby floated over the happy crowd of New Yorkers who were delighted to see her fly by during the holiday season.