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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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About the Author

Diana Schoenbrun teaches puppet and playwriting workshops for children ages 6 to 9 at 826NYC, a nonprofit center founded by Dave Eggers. She currently works at Puppet Heap, a unique design studio located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Diana resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449401198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449401191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Schoenbrun is an author, illustrator, crafter and puppet builder who resides in Brooklyn, NY. www.dianaschoenbrun.net

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hello Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
With her new book, Diana Schoenbrun offers ways to give used or cast-off household items a second life, like mittens, scarves, towels, and more. Once you have the main elements of the puppet, you can add fun details with fabric scraps and other little objects, making them into even more enjoyable toys.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This delightful offering is an inspiration for crafters everywhere. Written in the most basic terms, the book begins with a simple intro to kinds of materials to look out for, easy-to-read diagrams showing different kinds of hand-stitching, and a few pattern suggestions. While a few of these creations looked a little "unfinished" to me, there were plenty of puppets that struck my fancy. I was especially impressed with the floppy, wrinkly, beautifully long-trunked elephant puppet, fashioned out of a mismatching pair of grey striped socks. I also liked the looks of the sock monkey super-hero puppet (not your typical sock monkey!) and the inspired choice of an old argyle sock as the body for a wacky looking wizard. The green bandanna frog was cleverly made, although not quite my style, and the two-sided fish, made out of mismatching washclothes begs to have a song or rhyme written about him for storytime. The kangaroo puppet, fashioned from a re-purposed glove and the giraffe puppet made of tea-towels and clothespins both looked a bit daunting, but there were plenty of projects here eminently suitable for a beginner.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Puppet Play by Diana Schoenbrun is filled with lots of fun sock puppet projects to make. There are twenty different projects to make with socks or gloves, felt, buttons and other basic supplies. The book comes with patterns and directions for each project.

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was so much fun to browse through. The pictures are colorful and eye-catching- and the puppets are so cute! A frog made from an old bandanna, a convertible mitten kangaroo, and a superhero monkey are just a few of the 20 projects detailed. Each puppet is made from recycled or saved materials, making them fast, easy, and fun! You can easily substitute different items in the projects.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan on May 13, 2011
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The variety and flexibility of puppet projects make this a great activity book for kids. The many types of puppets types can generate great ideas which kids can combine and reuse in new puppet creations. The emphasis on recycling household objects encourages creativity and adapting art to what is available--which is also economical.
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