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Harbor Seal Puppet

Harbor Seal Puppet

Spring 2006 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $30.00
Review:
Children just might believe this puppet seal is REAL! It can easily be scrunched and squished to mimic actual seal behaviors. The under-chest pocket for hand insertion gives two options for placement of the puppeteer's fingers: (1) solely at the top of the cavity for mouth movements, enabling of a vast array of facial expressions and head posturing, or (2) with the hand spread so a right and/or left outer finger can also operate the flippers (but sacrificing the range of mouth gestures). The latter choice could create the “banana” position, a common resting stance of seals. Related science studies can suddenly have greater appeal if this creature becomes part of a child's educational environment.
Dr. Flora Joy   ©2006 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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