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Folkmanis® Yellow Beaked Crow Puppet

Folkmanis® Yellow Beaked Crow Puppet

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $33.99

Up to three hands (via two puppeteers) could be used for extra flexibility in this large, life-sized, furry-feathery puppet. Its five-fingered wings and large beak offer many choices for potential animation and visual delight. Because so many young learners don't realize that the crow is a very smart creature, this puppet could be coordinated with factual resources (such as Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays) for extra science experiences. Children's books could also correlate with this puppet, such as Lisa Fleming's Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship, or the early Caldecott Honor Crow Boy, or Aldous Huxley's re-issued story (his only children's book), the Parents' Choice Gold Award winning The Crows of Pearblossom.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2016 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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