Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Folkmanis Leafy Sea Dragon Puppet and Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent book

The middle of the week is often quiet in Langley where we have our store, so I thought I would start a little series of chats about books we have matched with the newer Folkmanis puppets.  The Folkmanis leafy sea dragon finger puppet is about 10 inches tall (25 cm) and has a yellowish green body. There are extensions from the body that look like attached seaweed. While Folkmanis doesn't have a big sea dragon puppet anymore, just the sea serpent stage puppet, this finger puppet goes nicely with "Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent" by Bill Pete. We like his stories as they are simple and have a purpose in their message.

"Once upon a time there was a giant sea serpent named Cyrus. To look at him he was very frightening and formidable and fearsome, but actually he was very gentle. Instead of committting horrible deeds, he wandered peacefully around the ocean; instead of wrecking ships and eating people, he nibbled on sardines." The story goes on to tell how he went looking for a ship on the seas to show he was rough and tough. Follow this funny story of adventure with the Primrose ship and their encounter on the high seas.  A great read aloud book for younger kids from ages 4 to 8.

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