From Library Journal
Motion and performance are the emphasis in these three books. Currell, the author of several books on puppets (e.g., The Compete Book of Puppet Theatre), presents a detailed manual with line drawings and photographs for constructing and staging several types of two- and three-dimensional puppets to be used by children or adults. Some of the moving toys in the Howes's book, such as jumping figures and bobbing birds, are constructed much like puppets, but this book also includes carousels, pinwheels, and a very clever little theater with magnetic characters. Maskwork combines historical information about ethnic masks that children can make for their own performances, with performance and staging tips included. All three books would be welcome in general crafts collections. The Currell and Foreman books are also suitable for theater collections.
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About the Author
Jennifer Foreman is trained in both drama and education. She has worked as an actor, movement instructor, mask-maker and teacher. She is currently Head of Faculty for Creative and Performing Arts at a girls' comprehensive school. She won the NSEAD and BEROL Curriculum Development Award for 1989-90 for work on masks and mask-making in arts education.
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