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

Funny Frog Puppet

Funny Frog Puppet

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

Jonna Carter's tag story tells about how a Funny Frog cheered up a lifelong curmudgeon by telling jokes. If the tag were bigger, we're sure to have read that the frog's repertoire included: Why are frogs so happy? (Because they eat what bugs them!) What is a frog's favorite flower? (Croak-us!) How does a frog feel when he has a broken leg? (Unhoppy!)

This hand puppet can be manipulated into displaying practically any emotion or expression, thus making it a versatile addition to a child's toy collection. One hand enters into the frog's body, and up to four fingers may be used for "frog actions," while the two back legs either dangle loosely or "sit" on the puppeteer's lap. Stories containing frog characters are plentiful, and children can have hours of both fun and learning with this utterly charming puppet.

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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