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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486229092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486229096
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dj Canetti on 26 Oct. 2012
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one of a very few books that deals with this subject. I feel this is for a younger audience or a schoolteacher, but it does deal with most of the aspects of marionnet and puppet making including how to put on a show
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By Mrs. Mary Cobain on 6 May 2015
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Great book easy to follow going to enjoy making my own marionettes
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By Kindle Customer on 24 April 2015
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Quite a good book, but not the best. I give it 7 points out of 10.
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Helen Fling's Marionettes - Most Information for Least Money 5 April 2000
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This is a Dover reprint which consolidates in one book four previously published mini-volumes on aspects of puppetry (primarily marionettes though some hand puppet specifics are given and there is overlap between the two), including 1) making puppet heads; 2) making and assembling puppet bodies (human form), including hands and feet; 3) making one- and two- handed control sticks and stringing plus costuming, manipulation basics, props, storage, and limited discussion of animal puppet construction; and 4) stage design and construction, stagecraft, backdrop designs, production suggestions, and a sample script.
All four sections are profusely and clearly illustrated with literally hundreds of line drawings, which are both technically useable and quite charmingly humorous. The text, like the illustrations, simply and clearly presents steps in construction of puppets from beginning to end.
I have been researching puppetry books in the past year and think this is one of the best practical construction manuals still in print. It provides a great deal of information at an extremely reasonable price. Because of the funny illustration style and the simple and straightforward text, it would make an excellent textbook for teaching children (and adults who do not take themselves too seriously) the fundamentals of string puppetry.
Most "how-to" books include photographs; this one does not, and in my experience illustrations can sometimes misrepresent how to accomplish certain tasks, leading to confusion and mistake. This book is, happily, not guilty of that failing. Prospective purchasers should also be aware that no historical information is included.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Helen Fling's Marionettes - Most Information for Least Money 5 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a Dover reprint which consolidates in one book four previously published mini-volumes on aspects of puppetry (primarily marionettes though some hand puppet specifics are given and there is overlap between the two), including 1) making puppet heads; 2) making and assembling puppet bodies (human form), including hands and feet; 3) making one- and two- handed control sticks and stringing plus costuming, manipulation basics, props, storage, and limited discussion of animal puppet construction; and 4) stage design and construction, stagecraft, backdrop designs, production suggestions, and a sample script.
All four sections are profusely and clearly illustrated with literally hundreds of line drawings, which are both technically useable and quite charmingly humorous. The text, like the illustrations, simply and clearly presents steps in construction of puppets from beginning to end.
I have been researching puppetry books in the past year and think this is one of the best practical construction manuals still in print. It provides a great deal of information at an extremely reasonable price. Because of the funny illustration style and the simple and straightforward text, it would make an excellent textbook for teaching children (and adults who do not take themselves too seriously) the fundamentals of string puppetry.
Most "how-to" books include photographs; this one does not, and in my experience illustrations can sometimes misrepresent how to accomplish certain tasks, leading to confusion and mistake. This book is, happily, not guilty of that failing. Prospective purchasers should also be aware that no historical information is included.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nice book but a little dated... 5 Nov. 2004
By J. Neugebauer - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to make a marionette of my own so I ordered up this book. Like the reviewers before me stated it's a good book for the money but it has 30 year old information. Many of the materials used in this book are really dated! Like using leather and shellac! I would have enjoyed it much more if the book was revised to include all the great new materials available today!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Charming craftsmanship from yesteryear 2 Jun. 2008
By Anne Hilow - Published on Amazon.com
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The greatest things about marionettes is that they were born in the age of hand craftsmanship...what other option was there? Having Helen's publication means having a throwback in hand and seeing marionettes through the lens of another time. Very resourceful and Very useful how to for beginner's and beyond.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good start 6 Nov. 2012
By DelusionalAngel - Published on Amazon.com
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So I love puppets / marionettes. I bought this as a bit of a splurge item because I really just wanted to see what goes into making them and then I'd decide whether or not I wanted to take on a new craft or not.

This book is a good starting point. It did give me a good idea of what goes into making a marionette. As others have said, the images are a bit dated, but that's okay, while simple it's done well.

My only real gripe is that there is a large chunk of the book taken up by a play and how you would put it on. I'd really rather see that space used for more advanced tricks and techniques on how to make even better / more advanced marionettes. For example - there is little to nothing on how to handle eyes in this book (I can sum up all it says on the subject with they should be larger than normal and shellac them after painting them - when I wanted to know about making moveable ones). Same with mouths - the only really details information on a mouth is one page on making a dog mouth open. I'd really rather have had all of that space used on that play given to those kinds of things.

You'll surely want to supplement this with other books or information found online - possibly even when making basic marionettes but still, as a beginner guide it does offer a fair amount of information.
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