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Blimey Pirate Puppet

Blimey Pirate Puppet

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $31.99

Donned with an earring, a gold tooth, a facial scar, and a movable eye patch, "Blimey" will quickly come to life in a group of young participants. The headgear and frizzy hair add to the pirate allure. Puppeteers with nimble fingers can simultaneously manipulate both the mouth (to talk) and both hands (for wide and flamboyant gestures, including clapping). The product information includes a two-character play that can be used as a starting point for many oral language experiences and fun activities.

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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