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Small Witch Puppet

Small Witch Puppet

Fall 2004 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $18.00
Review:
Designed for the puppeteer's fingers to manipulate the head and both hands at the same time, the flattened nose, the large chin mole, the sparse crooked teeth, and the strands of red hair interspersed among the gray, contribute to the puppet's appeal. With only a few minutes of practice, even small children will be able to make many different emotional expressions and fluid movements with this hand puppet.

There is an abundance of children's books about witches that may be used with this puppet character during reading time or playtime, such as Which Witch is Which? (Pat Hutchins), The Witch Next Door (Norman Bridwell), or Witch on a Motorcycle (Marian Frances). Numerous classic traditional stories have witches as major characters-or characters who "seem" to have witch attributes (such as the old woman in Rapunzel or Snow White). Every public library has numerous stories and poems with witch characters that may be used for story time with this enticing puppet. Some are:

The Witch and the Ring (Ruth Chew)

Witches Four (Marc Brown)

The Witch Grows Up (Norman Bridwell)

The Witch Who Lives Down the Hall (Donna Guthrie)

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches (Alice Low)

The Witches (Roald Dahl)

Witches Don't Do Backflips (Debbie Dadey)

The Witches' Supermarket (Susan Meddaugh)

The Witch's Vacation (Norman Bridwell)

The Worst Witch (Jill Murphy)

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Folkmanis, Inc.
http://www.folkmanis.com

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