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Funky Chicken Puppet

Funky Chicken Puppet

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $15.99

This playful critter might not immediately steal your heart, but watch out, it will - especially after reading Jonna Carter's story, A Poultry Sum. These legs may not look like their designed to dance, but watch what happens when the puppeteer learns to maneuver them. With the exception of some padding in its back, the puppet's insides consist of a huge cavity, thus allowing the user the freedom to experiment with a variety of different expressive movements - even ground-pecking. Can you do the Funky Chicken?

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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