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Portuguese Water Dog Puppet

Portuguese Water Dog Puppet

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $50.00

In 2009 when our country's president was given a Portuguese Water Dog (because of a daughter's pet allergies), this fairly rare breed gained recognition and was sought by many families with members allergic to animal dander. The Portuguese Water Dog has no undercoat, so there is no shedding from that allergy-triggering layer. This Folkmanis puppet has been constructed with striking similarities to this now famous breed of dog. Perhaps the puppet's resemblance to the actual animal will cause it to appear less fantasy-like or enthralling to young children. Nevertheless, it offers a contrast through its realism, both in size and appearance. The entrance for the puppeteer's hand (through the belly and into the dog's head) offers two finger openings into the mouth, but no openings for front-leg manipulations. Young users may be enticed to explore the characteristics of other breeds of canines and might also fabricate and perform stories about a dog's life in the White House. Children's books relating to this specific breed, such as First Dog (by J. Patrick Lewis, Sleeping Bear Press) which was written about the actual White House dog, could be paired with this puppet.

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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Folkmanis, Inc.

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