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Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet

Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $39.99

This skillfully designed puppet is certain to augment science units in elementary classrooms. The multi-zipper-pouched toy visually demonstrates the three cycles of the monarch-beginning with the chrysalis (where everything is zipped closed and only an outer greenish covering is visible), then to the caterpillar stage (where the first zipper is opened and everything else is tucked inside), then finally to the monarch butterfly, the only one with openings for hand insertions (in each wing). Children are fascinated with these transitions, and they quickly become adept at the zip-and-tuck challenge. Very young students will enjoy an association with Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar with this puppet-or any number of other plentiful resources that can be pleasingly correlated for both fun and learning.

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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