10-Minute Puppetsby Noel MacNeal
Pub. Date: 11/01/2010
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
It’s the Swiss Army knife of activity books: how to make puppets anywhere, in ten minutes or less, using everyday materials. And who better to create it than Noel MacNeal, a longtime puppeteer who learned his art from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. MacNeal shows parents and kids how to make 30 puppets using socks, paper bags, napkins, and the most important
It’s the Swiss Army knife of activity books: how to make puppets anywhere, in ten minutes or less, using everyday materials. And who better to create it than Noel MacNeal, a longtime puppeteer who learned his art from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. MacNeal shows parents and kids how to make 30 puppets using socks, paper bags, napkins, and the most important tools of allyour two hands.
10-Minute Puppets is filled with imaginative ideas, energy, and the pure, childlike pleasure of turning objects into characters. There are finger puppets: Wigglin’ Worm in an Apple, Teeny Ballerina, Little Pachyderm Sock and glove puppets: Crabby Crab and Herb the Plant Cutouts, shadow puppets, and puppets perfect for the spur-of-the moment, like Envelope Birdmake it using a deposit envelope while waiting in line at the bank. With full-color illustrations throughout, the book has step-by-step instructions for each puppet; pages of puppet parts and bodies to cut out and use; how to create simple puppet theaters; plus, a final chapter with ideas for putting on a show, drawing on nursery rhymes, fairy tales, family stories, and more.
So the food is late and your six-year-old is about to lose it. You know what to do: Using a marker and your napkin, make the fashionable Lady Finger and start entertaining. Better yet, pass the marker to your child to create Handford, and the two of you can put on an impromptu dinner show.
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My first reaction on receiving the book in the mail is that it is much more substantial than I expected from the price. Loads of fun projects, all of them easy and reasonable and not requiring lots of special materials. The directions are simple and there are lots of pictures and even templates for those who aren't particularly artistic. This book is about spending time with your children and having lots of fun together. I'd recommend it to anyone who has young children or spends time with children (babysitters, aunts and uncles, teachers). In a time of computer games, television, and other technology, this book is a refreshing opportunity to simply spend time laughing, creating, and imagining with your child.