Folkmanis? Frog Life Cycle
Although we’ve seen numerous educational products to assist children in the understanding of a frog’s life cycles, Folkmanis has produced a prodigious hands-on science lesson rolled up into one puppet. It begins as an egg-like, jelly-shelled encasement, with a tiny hologram lens center that hints of legless baby tadpoles. This “egg” is handheld with no pockets or moveable parts. Unzip that egg and turn the contents inside out for a more mature tadpole, then unzip-and-tuck once again for a full-bodied, bigger-than-life, adult frog—an impressive instant metamorphosis! The last two cycles have hand pockets for the mouths of the creatures. The chosen fabrics and embellishments create a credible and appealing realistic representation of the related scientific facts. For a continuance of learning opportunities, scores of related books are available, from pop-up or flip styles (Capstone’s A Frog’s Life Cycle), to helpful science booklets (National Geographic’s Frogs!).
Some of the zipping and tucking (returning the adult frog to baby tadpole) of the tightly-packed sections might challenge the manual dexterity of young children, but the sturdy zippers and strong fabrics can survive many forceful twists and turns.
Dr. Flora Joy ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Flora has been described as a €œfounderâ€ in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSNâ€™s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Masterâ€™s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSNâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award.