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Folkmanis® Frilled Lizard Puppet

Folkmanis® Frilled Lizard Puppet

Spring 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $35.99

Would you want a lizard as a pet? The young boy in Jonna Carter's accompanying story-tag Frills or No-Frills received such a pet because the unfurling of the lizard's "fan" was pleasing to his entire family. This Frilled Lizard puppet can also unfurl with its "Squeeze Me" button that triggers the pleated flaps of skin (frills) to fan out around the face. Its dark-brown scaly skin and long tail give it a dragon-like appearance, and children will soon be using this toy to portray fantasy or sci-fi characters, from stories they know or create. The close-fitting opening for a hand insertion through the stomach area allows the puppeteer's fingers to enter both the upper and lower jaw areas of the wide mouth. Dexterous puppeteers can extend their fingers farther into the long tiny claws at the ends of the front legs, thus encouraging even more physical exploration that can easily enhance science and storytelling skills.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2015 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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