Barbara Bush reads to children and Big Bird on Sesame Street, New York City, NY. October 19, 1989
Sesame Street does it again and taking on those tough issues.
The children's TV series is expanding its Little Children, Big Challenges" series by introducing Alex, a Muppet whose father is in jail.
Alex is part of sesame workshop's online tool kit aimed to help kids understand and cope with parental incarceration.
It's also a tool to help caregivers talk about the subject with children.
Some find the character a bit odd, but one in 28 American children reportedly have a parent in prison.
Sesame Street has used Muppets to tackle other tough issues like divorce, hunger and military deployment.