Puppets

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For the past four thousand years, people have been entertaining with puppets in almost every country of the world. Early Asian puppets traveled with performing troupes along trading routes, and, today, puppets such as the Muppets are international TV and film stars. Travel the world from Burma to Tunisia and beyond, then try making a British Mr. Punch, a Turkish Karagoz, an African warrior, or any of eight other fascinating puppets from many cultures.
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Overview

For the past four thousand years, people have been entertaining with puppets in almost every country of the world. Early Asian puppets traveled with performing troupes along trading routes, and, today, puppets such as the Muppets are international TV and film stars. Travel the world from Burma to Tunisia and beyond, then try making a British Mr. Punch, a Turkish Karagoz, an African warrior, or any of eight other fascinating puppets from many cultures.
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Puppets is a fascinating volume in the "Crafts of Many Cultures" series, which describes crafts from various geographic areas. Young readers and adults will find historical information about the folk arts as well as directions for making some items themselves. Parents or teachers will need to help in both assembling and using the necessary materials and tools listed at the beginning of each book. Puppets features striking color pictures, small maps showing the region of origin, and directions for making eleven puppets (as well as several kinds of stages) ranging from simple jumping jacks from Poland and India to a very complex marionette from Burma. Most of them involve skills like clay modeling, sewing, and woodcarving; The Hindu and Muslim rod puppets from Indonesia and elegant Bunraku puppets from Japan are definitely at an advanced level. Although the puppets will surely appeal to younger children, making them requires sophisticated hand and eye coordination; adults will need to help with (or take over) such tools as needle and thread, hacksaws, hand drills, and craft knives. Older students with some experience may be able to complete a few of the projects, but most should be done with supervision. Adult artists, too, can enjoy creating puppets for plays (a typical plot is included) inspired by these designs. Each volume has a glossary listing books and websites with further information on making traditional puppets. 2004 (orig. 1995), Gareth Stevens, Ages 8 up.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531158722
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: World Crafts Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.45 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Puppet History: Your Own Puppet-Making Kit 4
Dancing Puppets--Poland and India: Make an Indian Pop-Up Puppet 6
Hand Puppets--China: Make a Ku Li Tzu Puppet 8
Papier-Mache Glove Puppets--Britain: Make Mr. Punch 10
Carved Wooden Puppets--Mali and Tunisia: Make an African Warrior 12
Shadow Puppets--Indonesia: Make a Wayang Kulit Puppet 14
Comic Shadow Puppets--Greece and Turkey: Make Karagoz, the Turkish Hero 16
Rod Puppets--Indonesia: Make a Menak Rod Puppet 18
Lifelike Puppets--Japan: Make a Bunraku Puppet 20
String Puppets--India: Make a Kathputli Marionette 22
Marionettes--Burma: Make a Marionette Prince 24
Animal String Puppets--India: Make a Horse and Rider 26
Putting on a Play: Making Stages for Your Puppets 28
Glossary 30
More Books to Read--Web Sites 31
Index 32
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