Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Folkmanis® Frog Life Cycle

Folkmanis® Frog Life Cycle

Spring 2018 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $67.99

Although we've seen numerous educational products to assist children in the understanding of a frog's life cycles, Folkmanis has produced a prodigious hands-on science lesson rolled up into one puppet. It begins as an egg-like, jelly-shelled encasement, with a tiny hologram lens center that hints of legless baby tadpoles. This "egg" is handheld with no pockets or moveable parts. Unzip that egg and turn the contents inside out for a more mature tadpole, then unzip-and-tuck once again for a full-bodied, bigger-than-life, adult frog—an impressive instant metamorphosis! The last two cycles have hand pockets for the mouths of the creatures. The chosen fabrics and embellishments create a credible and appealing realistic representation of the related scientific facts. For a continuance of learning opportunities, scores of related books are available, from pop-up or flip styles (Capstone's A Frog's Life Cycle), to helpful science booklets (National Geographic's Frogs!).

Some of the zipping and tucking (returning the adult frog to baby tadpole) of the tightly-packed sections might challenge the manual dexterity of young children, but the sturdy zippers and strong fabrics can survive many forceful twists and turns.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2018 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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