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Desert Tortoise Puppet

Desert Tortoise Puppet

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $29.99

Children may be unaware of the now-extinct desert tortoise, but Folkmanis has designed an attractive and realistic hand puppet of this interesting creature. This well-built toy offers several choices for puppeteers with its two finger openings in the front legs and two additional openings that allow the tortoise to "talk" (by simultaneously manipulating both the jaw and head). The sturdy outer shell is large enough for the body to be pulled completely inside for "protection." The selected fabric designs and textures emulate an actual tortoise. An attached fact sheet offers scientific information of interest to all ages.

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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