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Bear in Tree Stump Puppet

Bear in Tree Stump Puppet

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $28.00

The perfect size for a beginning puppeteer, this warm and cozy critter can be manipulated to curl up inside the attached furry tree stump for a long winter's nap, or it can stretch out into a half-body extension with its two front legs. The hand insertion area contains sections for four different fingers: one for each of the two front legs, and two for optional mouth manipulation. The construction allows a wide variety of different gestures and positions. Included with the puppet are facts of interest about bear cubs and a story about a small bear that spends the winter inside a stump. This charming puppet might inspire young students to investigate more features and habits of different kinds of bears.

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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