Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse have turned golden.

Shari Lewis, who created the children's puppet characters, is selling her company to Golden Books Family Entertainment.The deal, announced Wednesday, will allow the children's book publisher to distribute "The Charlie Horse Music Pizza," a 40-episode children's series by Lewis premiering on the Public Broadcasting Service in January. Terms were not disclosed.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to partner with Shari Lewis and with PBS - two proven providers of quality children's programming," said Richard Snyder, Golden Books' chief executive. Lewis' first book was published in 1957 by Golden Books.