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Ostrich Puppet

Ostrich Puppet

Spring 2014 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $49.99

You won't find this ostrich sticking her head in the sand! This larger-than-usual (12"x23") puppet. Features such as long, curly eyelashes and a soft, downy feel for the feathers combine to make a durable, appealing playmate. The central hand opening leads through the long neck and into two smaller pouches for beak manipulation. Each wing contains its own separate opening, thus allowing the puppeteer's choice of flapping both wings or moving only one wing while simultaneously "talking." An attached fact sheet helps dispel myths about the ostrich (such as the belief that this bird hides its head in the sand). These winsome features could easily cause this enchanting creature to become a "new BFF" for practically any child age 3 and up.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2014 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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