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Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $23.99

The strikingly authentic appearance of this hermit crab puppet heightens its appeal and beckons users to engage in endless play (as well as a fun science lesson). The specially designed fabric for the body and the softly padded outer shell both closely resemble an actual crab. The hand insertion area for the puppeteer offers seven finger choices: one for the mouth/head area, and six separate openings for the claws. Additionally, tiny fingers could almost enter the eyestalks and twist them (to mock the behaviors of hermit crabs), and the antenna can be coaxed to bobble. The puppet construction allows the body of the crab to be pulled into its shell. With very little practice, children can manipulate this creature to mimic a crab's actual stance and stride. Facts about hermit crabs and a related story are clipped to the side. This will easily become a favorite toy and an enthralling learning tool.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2010 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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