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

American Alligator Puppet

American Alligator Puppet

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $59.99

Eerily realistic except for size, this beautifully-constructed 32-inch puppet can be used not only for fun and entertainment but also for curriculum development in science. One underbelly hand entrance has a long extension leading to two mouth openings that allow puppeteers to "talk" (or gnash the puppet's long sharp-looking plastic teeth). Another underbelly pocket is for manipulating the tail. By crisscrossing the arms, puppeteers may use both pockets simultaneously to create more active scenes.

A printed attachment provides interesting facts about alligators and related folklore. This highly appealing toy may be correlated with numerous storybooks, such as Mercer Mayer's There's an Alligator under My Bed or Maurice Sendak's Alligators All Around. Stylish young practical jokers could even attach a gold chain and carry this puppet as an alligator "purse."

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2012 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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