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Puppet Play: 20 Puppet Projects Made with Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More Paperback – April 26, 2011
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The author suggests initially going on a "treasure hunt" in your house for items that you can make into delightful puppets of all kinds. I generally try to give away used items to the thrift store, but the kinds of things you make these puppets with are the kinds of things that even the thrift store wouldn't want -- like a single sock, or an old dish towel -- so I appreciate her suggestions to transform them into something fun and useful, rather than throwing them away. Puppet Play includes lists of tools needed to create the puppets, as well as the stitches and embellishments that will add character to them.
There are twenty charming puppets complete with detailed instructions and patterns. Puppet Play has many animal puppets, plus a robot, vampire, pirate, clown and more, each with delightful details and a fascinating back story. My favorite was the Feilong the Dragon puppet made from a red knee sock. It is fashioned to look just like a Chinese dragon who brings rain for the crops to grow. My daughter told me that the Derzink the Wizard was "full of awesomeness" with his cute little gray beard and mustache and his wizard hat.
At the end of the book is some helpful advice on story structure and how to present an entertaining puppet show. Puppet Playis a great way to find ways to reuse and recycle while having lots of fun!
Many of these puppets were so clearly inspired by the found materials they were made from - for instance, where on earth would you find a lumpy, striped grey sock that is nearly as good as the one used in the book for this elephant? It seemed to me the best sock puppets came from unusual socks - large, old, colorful, fantastically-patterned knee socks seem to be a safe bet for really terrific puppet characters. Use this book as a jumping off point for your own puppetry creations.Read more ›
This is a fun book that comes with lots of beautiful pictures of all the different puppets you can make. The projects are leveled by difficulty and go from one or two that are very easy to projects that would be challenging for an adult.
Appropriateness: Most of the projects are more difficult than a young child could make so I'd recommend it to middle school and up unless you want to do all the work.
Review copy obtained by netgalley
The book begins with an introduction to building puppets, along with some ideas of objects you can gather and save for your creations. Each puppet design includes thorough instructions, inspiration photos, and templates that can be easily copied at home. The puppets are easy to construct, using glue or basic sewing skills.
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Cute book made primarily for children and youth. Probably not that valuable for professional puppet making.Published 13 months ago by Jan Coffelt
A great book for my collection. I will use it in class. The puppets are easy and also inspiring. Enjoy!Published on April 13, 2013 by Marie B.
Loved all the ideas. Being a storyteller and working with students, there are plenty of ideas in this book. Teachers should love itPublished on March 9, 2013 by Millie Chaplin