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

Sky Dragon Puppet

Sky Dragon Puppet

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $48.00

This large, fun, and fanciful puppet will capture the imaginations of all young learners. The open-and-shut mouth filled with realistic teeth and a curled tongue offers one choice for a hand/arm insertion, and the long flappy wings (plus two front "arms") provide optional openings for four fingers. Both hands of a small puppeteer could be inserted for use in all areas (although the pocket area would then be a bit crowded). The leathery-look skin and the red-eyed pupils can add an aura of faux-fear to the content of family, school, or community puppet shows. An attached story about a sky dragon may initiate storytelling adventures, but children will be excited just to have this creature in their midst whether or not a puppet show is part of the journey.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2013 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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