This book gives a superb introduction to using puppetry in the classroom, summer camp, social club etc. Franzeska Ewart guides the (possibly) novice puppet worker through a basic history of shadow puppetry, examining important issues about the use of puppets in different cultural and historical situations. It gives the novice a good basic background (and makes you sound really knowledgeable in-front of the class!). The main aim of the book is to introduce the use of shadow puppets as a tool in communicative education. This it does splendidly, showing how to make basic puppets (including little extra tips to make the puppet special etc) and how to organise a puppet project. More importantly, it demonstrates how to let the students organise things for themselves (with a bit of help). However, this isn't just about making puppets. The project Ewart describes can allow children (could be adults) to experience teamwork, planning and creative design. I've used these ideas in multi-lingual classes and workshops with great results. I recommend this book.