Winnie the Pooh

Ages: 3 and upManufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.


Folkmanis’ melt-your-heart Winne the Pooh puppet embodies a universally loved fictional character conceived by A.A. Milne and later popularized by Walt Disney, resulting in a ubiquitous array of films, recordings, and books featuring this charming bear.

This sturdy, well-designed toy comes dressed in Pooh’s identifiable red knit sweater. An opening in the back allows manipulation of either its arms or its head/mouth—but a skilled, dexterous puppeteer could manage both at the same time. Each of the hinged legs can be swirled 360 degrees for sitting, walking, or standing.

You don’t have to be Christopher Robin to fall in love with this puppet, and after having fun with its moving features, you could simply enjoy a cuddly “bear hug”!

Dr. Flora Joy ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Flora has been described as a “founder” 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 NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’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 NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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