|LoiS with signing tiger puppet from workshop, A to Z Puppets Are Easy|
I confess that the music I use in my programs is usually live. CDs too often seem to take my focus, whether I'm the one operating the player or somebody else is. (His ideas are enticing, so maybe I shouldn't give up too easily.) Painter's use of art prints, especially the Norman Rockwell or Winslow Homer works was a good reminder. I liked also his reminder about how audience members could enjoy operating the puppets and props. Audience participation is always worth considering. Librarians and teachers can get more use from his picture book recommendations, but I still found a few stories beyond Picture Books since I don't have the same Fair Use exemptions.
The back of the book has a Resource Directory. Thought I'd update my book with websites since they weren't available in 1994. Several companies were merged in both the library and puppetry fields or their existence ended, including puppetry advocate, Nancy Renfro, but also Russ Berrie. Some puppets, like Dakin, are now only found by sites like re-sellers on Etsy and Amazon. That usually requires searching for something fairly specific, but https://www.etsy.com/market/dakin_puppets gives 63 results currently for a company that was a long-time supplier. The companies still around have mainly gone to fairly large sites and when searching you can try "puppet" for both finding puppets or puppet stages or "dramatic play":
- Constructive Playthings.com/category/dramatic-play
- Lakeshore Learning.com/products/dramatic-play
- Mansion Schools.com/dramatic-play-learning-play
- Pyramid School Products (again the category of dramatic play is used -- must be educational terminology?)
https://web.archive.org/web/*/www.puppethub.com if that's any help to you.
The national organization, Puppeteers of America, produces its own quarterly journal and mentions the only comparable online resource, The Puppetry HomePage, saying it "is webmastered by Rose Sage and is one of the best for on-line puppetry resources." The closest it comes to offering puppets is information on building them. P.O.A. offers both regional and national festivals. They also list what may be your best resource, Regions and guilds. Getting together with other puppet enthusiasts can give you ideas beyond the pre-made resources here. My own guild, Detroit Puppeteers Guild, is very welcoming and loaded with talented members of many kinds.
I also have some resources on my personal website: my handout, "An Alphabet of Puppets and Storytelling" which gives a wide variety of ways to use puppets, and on my page of Specialized Resources I have sections including Audience Participation and, of course, Puppets. There you will find pattern sources and the commercial puppet manufacturers, Folkmanis and the team of Melissa and Doug. Both companies are also sold by some of the suppliers above and in fine toy stores.
As almost a postscript, just today I received the National Storytelling Network's June edition of "Storytelling Magazine" and it has a Guest Editor's Section on Puppetry in Storytelling to take into even further possibilities.
I always remember the title of one puppet play collection: