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

Monkey in a Barrel

Monkey in a Barrel

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $24.00

This puppet could be "more fun than a barrel of monkeys" because it is a barrel with a monkey inside. The barrel's false bottom is the hand/arm opening, and the manipulation areas include the monkey's two front paws, a large head opening, and a tiny area for the mouth. Three fingers can easily be used simultaneously to create a fascinating array of expressions, gestures, and bodily positions—including pulling the monkey completely inside the barrel and flipping the lid for concealment. A believable story about a businessman who invested in barrels of monkeys is attached, and numerous additional children's books about monkeys could also be incorporated into hours of fun and learning.

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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