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

Alpaca Puppet

Alpaca Puppet

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $44.00

This cuddly, furry critter possesses such charm that it could easily become a family member and command a place at the family dinner table. Its single-hand entry both allows the puppet to be maneuvered bodily while two fingers are inserted into the mouth for "speaking." The incorporated realism of the puppet construction includes "holey" nostrils, shiny eyes, toed feet, and a body frame that encourages various postures. Young puppeteers could be inspired to learn more about this actual South American creature's habits and behaviors. Related books may also be coordinated, such as Jane Pyne's Rosie's Story, An Alpaca's Tale, or Kathryn Keil Brown's The Alpaca-bet! ABC's of Alpacas.

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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