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Let the Shadows Speak: Developing Children's Language Through Shadow Puppetry [Paperback]

Franzeska G. Ewart
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Sep 1998 1858560993 978-1858560991 First Edition
Shadow puppet theatre has always been used to help bring stories to life, to give characters a voice. The methods may have changed but that power is as strong as ever, claims the author - which makes shadow puppets an effective medium for language development. This book is intended for teachers looking for effective ways to help children express themselves - and to learn. Three plays are provided from pre-school to Key Stage Three for use in classes.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Trentham Books Ltd; First Edition edition (Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858560993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858560991
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,467,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves other books in the shade! 9 Sep 2003
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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.
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