Review: Paper Sack Puppets by Eunice Wright

Paper Sack Puppets: Review l LadyD Books

Paper Sack Puppets by Eunice Wright

About The Book

Puppetry is an old and respected art form but it is also just plain fun. This book presents dozens of original patterns for a particular kind of puppet--those made from paper sacks. Those brown (or white) paper bags generations of students have used to tote lunch to school prove to be an inexpensive base on which to create puppets that can be used to teach as well as entertain. Along with the patterns are related activities, music, poems, book lists, and games.
Chock full of great ideas and clear instructions, the book will become a valuable resource for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (September 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078644567X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786445677

The Friday #56

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
"I see a _ _ looking at me." (Repeat song, changing color and animal as desired.)

My Review

What a perfect book for teachers, parents, grandparents, homeschool, Sunday school teachers, librarians and music teachers! I was amazed at all of the 60+ patterns so beautifully illustrated. The designs are simple, yet detailed just right. If your a fan of Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Goldilocks and the Frog Prince (to name a few), you'll love this wonderful hands on book. 

Of course, my favorite section is Peter and the Wolf. There's a list of songs sung to the tune of Three Blind Mice, Did You Ever See a Lassie and This Is The Way We Wash Our Clothes. In addition, you'll find a list of recommended books, movies and television lists. There are masks for Peter the young Russian boy, a duck, bird, cat and wolf!

I was drawn in at the beginning of this fabulous book because of the well planned layout. Most importantly you learn how to use the book regarding:

How to Make a Paper Sack Puppet
Enlarging Patterns
Making a Puppet Play from a Picture Book
Turn a Finger PLay, Poem, Song, Story or Chant into a Puppet Show
Ideas for Follow-up Activities After a Puppet Show

As a piano teacher with my pre-school students, I'm using the delightful elephant puppet in talking about the "E" note. As a grandma of 5, I can't wait to put on the Goldilocks and the Three Bears puppet show for our family. The beaver and sheep puppets are so great. There's a plethora of animals for Noah's Ark stories, too.

I am so impressed with the original patterns in this awesome book. Our family enjoys fun times with puppets and I use them for teaching purposes. This is a valuable resource for everyone. I highly recommend this one to all my teaching friends and families. It's for everyone!

5/5 stars!

About the Author

Eunice Wright has a background in early childhood education and has been a K-3 and preschool teacher for many years. She is also a nurse and member of the Utah Puppet Guild. Juli Wright has a background in graphic design, desktop publishing, interior and landscape design, illustration and animation. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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