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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Glove Puppets Manual by author Margaret Arney is a short, step-by-step Australian version guidebook for use by adults to help educate children. Inside are several sections set up to encourage children to make puppets, and the background and even puppet cut outs are provided for puppet shows. In addition there is a list of what materials to use to make the puppets. Also included is the process of setting up a proscenium, which is the wall of the theatre itself. Throughout are rhymes that contain a bit of the history that makes up Punch and Judy. The latter part of the book displays classic renditions of children's stories to help with setting up dialogue for the plays to be put on, and pictures of those scenes, along with a few rhyming verses to be sung.
I really loved this book. I thought that the techniques used to make the background look 3D were fascinating and drew me to it very quickly. It made me want to try to make one for myself, even though most puppets scare me, mostly Lady Elaine. I was in love with Daniel Tiger. I feel that Margaret Arney’s Glove Puppets Manual would be a great addition to any school. As I read it, I just kept thinking how much I would have loved to have been a part of something like this in school as a child. It would have made me less shy, I feel. This is also a book that anyone could get a lot of enjoyment from, for there is nothing wrong in letting out your inner child to play.