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Who Was Jim Henson?

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Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson's untimely death.

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Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson's untimely death.

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Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
The man who created the Muppets and sparked an empire is immortalized in this great introductory biography. Beginning with his birth in the 1930s and his childhood growing up in Mississippi the book launches into his first exploits and interests in television, stumbling into the puppet scene and his eventual rise to fame as an entertainment pioneer. After his unexpected death in 1990 his family has carried on his legacy and there is ample coverage of this as well. In addition to his life story there are short inserts giving background information on topics such as women's rights, puppets and radio shows that help the reader understand the impact Henson had on society (and vice versa.) There is also a timeline of Henson's life, a world timeline, a bibliography and information on making your own puppets. Most pages are at least half illustration and half text making it accessible to reluctant readers, though the illustrations are black-and-white sketches rather than being color or including any photographs which may be a bit of a turnoff for many. Part of the "Who Was?" series, this would make a fine addition to a biography unit or collection. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448454061
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 111,468
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Great book!!!!

    Awsome, very nice book. Appropriate for 6+. The series are fassinating, lots of facts.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Who knew it would be just as interesting for the parent as the child!

    A wonderful biography on Jim Henson. While reading to my son I was thrilled to find out how (and shown via pictures) he moved the puppets, overcame problems with the shows and enjoyed his successes. We loved the book and would highly recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Awesome!

    I really liked the part where he made the Muppets, especially Kermit. And I did not like it when he pneumonia!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Very Hensonish

    It's a ver good book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Pretty good for a kids book.

    It's very cute, with imteresting facts. Maybe not enough for a book report, but venough for a grest quick read.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    ???

    Should i read this forba book report

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Dog scarecrow by david young june 27 2014

    The dog scarecrow looks like a prop out of jim hensons the storyteller,labyrinth and dog city.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Question

    How did he die???????????????????????????
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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Creativity everywhere!!!

    This book really helped me find more info on Jim Henson.
    I got so fascinated that Jim Henson is my role model. He put all of his effort in everything! This book gives you his life to explore and learn amazing, awesome things about Jim Henson. He never gave up on his dream and imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Question

    Has anybody else seen the movie Labyrinth, a movie Jim Henson directed and made puppets for? If you have seen it tell me what you thought of it. Write your reply to doglover123. If you have not seen it, keep it that way. It is kind of creepy. Definitley not a movie to watch before bed. To many freaky puppets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!

    This book is great. Shows a great backround ow Jim's life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Jim Henson Book

    The best biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    WOCKA WOCKA WOCKA!!!!!!!

    THE RAINBOW CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

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    I watch the muppets every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    It's Time.

    "It's time to meet the muppets?" -Mary, The Muppets 2011

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 2, 2011

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