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Lobster Puppet

Lobster Puppet

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $23.99

Constructed with striking appeal and accuracy, this puppet closely resembles an actual lobster in both appearance and functionality. It has pincher and crusher claws (each with finger openings for puppeteers), along with lifelike antenna, swimmerets, tail fins, antenna, and eight tiny walking legs. The mouth openings can be manipulated with two fingers, and the more dexterous children (with a few minutes of four-finger practice) can navigate both of the claws and the mouth at the same time. The puppet's product tag provides several interesting facts about lobsters, along with an interesting example of "lobster lore." This puppet character could be used for teaching science information as well as language arts skills via story connections.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2011 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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