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

Gray Wolf Puppet

Gray Wolf Puppet

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $35.99

The quality construction of this wolf puppet invites fun experiences relating to an animal that is generally avoided. The realistic teeth are made of plastic (for a more believable "visual growl") and are harmless during child play. The eyes are strikingly authentic, as is the puppet's entire general appearance. Easily manipulated by young children, its underbelly opening offers the option of positioning the puppet's lower body over the user's dominant arm; then with crossed arms, puppeteers can simultaneously wag the wolf's tail with the concealed thumb on their opposite hand. This toy can enhance the presentation of numerous children's stories, poems, songs, and raps having wolf characters. The accompanying product information offers two stories and several wolf facts.

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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