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Folkmanis® Pelican Puppet

Folkmanis® Pelican Puppet

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $33.99

Especially designed for mimicking the actual feeding behaviors of pelicans, this cuddly hand puppet holds many possibilities for both education and play. The mouth opening contains three spaces: one for each upper and lower beak, and a third for inside the tongue area. Permanently attached to the tongue is a floppy fish that offers more possibilities for puppet use. Authentic in design (although smaller in size), some of the features include webbed feet, large wings, and a feathery-looking body. Children can mimic the diving and swallowing actions as they tell stories or simply engage in action play.

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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