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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Maija Barić
Age Range: 9-11
Puppet Theatre by Finnish author and puppeteer, Maija Baric is a wonderful art activity book for children to use at home or for teachers to use in the classroom. With wit and ingenuity, Baric gives examples of how to transform everyday items such as wooden spoons, ice cream sticks, pieces of string, socks, old clothes and scraps of material, paper and potatoes into theatrical puppets. As well as all the practical tips on how to make a variety of different puppets there are also useful chapters on puppet performances. Children can discover how to bring them to life by learning to devise performances including building the stage sets, scenery, props and how to create sound effects. and.
The content is divided into twelve chapters covering ‘Puppets Made of Objects’; ‘Finger Puppets’; ‘Hand Puppets’; ‘Tabletop Theatre’; ‘Peek-a-Boo Puppets’; ‘Hand and knee Theatre’; ‘Outdoor Puppeteering’; ‘Paper Theatre’; ‘Potato Theatre’; ‘Rod Puppets’; ‘Marionettes’ and ‘Shadow Theatre’.
Each instruction is meticulously illustrated in beautiful watercolour by Finnish artist Kristiina Louhi which makes this book even more appealing. It really is a step-by-step approach to puppet making and an ideal activity book to use with children to encourage them to create characters and stories of their own.