Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Lion Puppet

Lion Puppet

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $33.99

Lions are ferocious creatures that often invoke fear and trepidation in other members of the animal kingdom. This Aslan-type lion puppet, however, has bountiful charm and is more inviting than daunting. The top-of-body opening for hand insertion can be concealed by the long, hairy mane. The construction allows puppeteers to open the mouth WIDE (for loud "growls") as they tell stories with lions as characters. If children choose not to use this as a puppet, it will make the perfect "best friend forever stuffed animal" for cuddling.

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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