Winter Tales features (secular) international folk tales to mark winter celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Chinese New Year, Diwali, and the Muslim holiday, Eid ul-Fitr. Some stories and songs are highly interactive, some hilarious…. all have positive messages.
“Winter Tales” contains four-to-six of these stories:
The Sleeping Dragon – Little mouse tries to wake a dragon. With audience help, a whisper works where all else fails. With hand puppets and a unique lap puppet. Chinese New Year/ China
Candy – A humorous tale where a wise man helps a boy – and himself – stop eating too much candy. With rod and hand puppets. Eid ul-Fitr/ Egypt
Anansi and the Snake – Anansi the Spider tricks snake to become the owner of all stories. With loads of interaction, and a giant colorful snake puppet. Kwanzaa/Africa
The Chicken’s Egg – A clever chicken convinces a farmer’s wife to return its egg. With hand puppets. An interactive tale. Diwali/India
Bulbis – A classic Yiddish song featuring THE WORLD’S LARGEST YIDDISH POTATO MARIONETTE! Audience members operate the puppet and learn the Yiddish word for potato. Hanukkah/Russia
The Princess and The Monster – A brave princess enlists her friends, the forest animals, to help her to drive away a mean monster in this re-telling of a middle eastern folk-tale. Hanukah/Middle-East
(This story is told in conjunction with our puppet making activity.)
Sing-Along – Our sing-along of the “new classic”, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, gives children an example of a contemporary American tradition! USA
Ball Drop! – We count down to the new year with a descending (puppet) ball, song and mirth!