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Folkmanis® Peregrine Falcon Puppet

Folkmanis® Peregrine Falcon Puppet

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $37.99

Did you know that the peregrine falcon can fly over 200 mph when it dives for prey? Or that they can travel up to 15,500 miles in a year? Children can have great fun with pretend flights using this almost life-sized puppet in imaginative play that could later segue into more serious science explorations with books such as Caroline Arnold's, Saving the Peregrine Falcon (which offers interesting information about this unique bird).

This puppet's authentic-looking feathery fur and leathery claws add credence to this elegant and lush toy. Its design allows two hands to flap the wings (via the three finger insertions on each wing's underside), or one hand can manipulate the body/head/beak while the other is either resting or is inside one wing. Young learners will discover numerous additional uses for this captivating and handsome educational tool.

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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