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When she first became interested in using puppets in library programs, Jean Pollock discovered there were few interesting scripts suitable for amateur puppeteers that were appropriate for performance in library and school settings. She decided to write plays taking into account the puppet collection available, the time available for rehearsal and performance, and limited puppeteering skills. The plays acknowledge that children know what is funny and what is not, appreciate and use witticisms, and have the ...

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Overview

When she first became interested in using puppets in library programs, Jean Pollock discovered there were few interesting scripts suitable for amateur puppeteers that were appropriate for performance in library and school settings. She decided to write plays taking into account the puppet collection available, the time available for rehearsal and performance, and limited puppeteering skills. The plays acknowledge that children know what is funny and what is not, appreciate and use witticisms, and have the sophistication to follow a plot and participate in the joy of creating an illusion. Playful and fast-paced, the scripts are simple enough to be suitable for young audiences, while the humor and interaction between puppets and the audience will extend the appeal to older children as well. Each play is supported with useful production notes, program building notes to adapt the plays for classroom and library use, and a bibliography listing books and media that can be used to develop a study unit or program around the play.

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Library Lane
Young audiences will enjoy these stories, and the humor and interaction between the puppets and the audience will appeal to older children as well. Each play is accompanied by useful production and program-building notes, a bibliography, and other media that can be used to develop a multicultural study unit around the play...imaginative work.
Teaching Pre K-8
One of the finest books we've seen on puppet plays...the introduction is worth the price of the book...all done conversationally and clearly.
Teaching Pre K-8
One of the finest books we've seen on puppet plays...the introduction is worth the price of the book...all done conversationally and clearly..
Booknews
Contains the scripts for 12 updated folk and fairy tale plays for amateur puppeteers, designed to take into account small puppet collections and short rehearsal and performance times without insulting the verbal abilities of bright young performers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833623
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: School Library Media Series , #13
  • Edition number: 160
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean M. Pollock has been a Children's Librarian in Los Angeles Public Library, Oakland Public Library, and currently, in the King County Library System of Seattle, Washington.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Animals' Tug-of-War 7
2 Coyote and Hawk Put the Sun and Moon in Place 15
2 Coyote Steals the Spring 20
3 The Elves and the Shoemakers 28
4 Little Red Riding Hood 39
5 Maui: Two Legends 49
6 The Princess and the Pea 57
7 Rabbit and Hyena Play the Sanza 65
8 Rumplestilsken 73
9 Sleeping Beauty 83
10 The Three Little Pigs 93
11 Too Much Noise 101
12 Wiley and the Hairy Man 109
App Shorter Versions for Two Puppeteers and Helper 119
General Bibliography 142
About the Author 145
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