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Monday, 8 November 2010

Inside the Puppet Theatre by Claire Llewellyn and Veronique Leplat

Have you ever seen a puppet show? Now's your chance to go behind the scenes! Take a trip inside the Little Angel Theatre and meet Ronnie the puppeteer. As he takes you on a tour of the theatre, you can meet lots of puppets, find out how they're made and how a show is put on. This colourful non-fiction book brings the world of puppets to life. / Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. / Text type: An information book. / Pages 22 and 23 show a diagram of the different areas of the puppet theatre, to help children to recap what they have read. / Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. / Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Puppets; Art and design: People in action
Book details
PublisherCollins Educational
This is one of Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme books, however it is also a very informative little book for children who want to find out what happens inside a puppet theatre. The book has lots of photographs throughout the book depicting the life of a puppeteer.
At the start of the book, the reader is introduced to Ronnie, the puppeteer and he introduces you to his theatre. There is a section on string and rod puppets and also about glove and shadow puppets. Ronnie also talks about making puppets and also about creating the character - how will it move?
Although this is a reading scheme book, as previously said, I found it really interesting. There is also a glossary at the end of the book and a plan for guided reading. Included in this are some great ideas for further research and also general ideas for helping children with guided reading.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run forum for sending me a copy to review.

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