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Stories & Folktales

A mouse named Frederick; a fish named Swimmy; and elephant named Babar, and a lion who would be king. Watch the stories of these characters, told through puppetry. Then learn the stories of Cinderella, as well as American legends Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Pecos Bill.

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While the family of field mice works hard to gather food for the long, cold winter, Frederick seems to be doing nothing!
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How does a little inchworm survive in a garden full of hungry birds?
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A tiny, fast-moving, black fish-that's Swimmy! He lives in the ocean with all his little red brothers and sisters
Video Series
Malta’s St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity presents the interactive musical tale, The Story of Babar the Elephant.
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Irish puppeteer Miriam Lambert makes the storybook Goldilocks and the Three Bears come alive.
Grades K-2 Lesson
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale
Grade 5 Lesson
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Through the study of different versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills
Grades 6-8 Lesson
This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita by using elements of traditional Malian festivals
Video Series
Sogolon is the theatrical company created by Yaya Coulibaly in order to continue the Mali puppet tradition
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales
Grade 5 Lesson
Use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince” to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical
Grade 5 Lesson
Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students learn the characteristics of folktales, evaluating existing tales and creating their own original ones
Grade 5 Lesson
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games, then interpret a fairy tale
Video
This side by side video shows the story of the turtle and the crane as seen by the audience and behind the screen
Flash Interactive
Learn about Shadow Puppetry and stage your own shadow plays!
This Day in the Arts
April 02, 1805: Hans Christian Andersen is born in Odense, Denmark
This Day in the Arts
August 22, 565 C.E.: St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Scotland’s Loch Ness
This Day in the Arts
September 12, 1940: Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France
This Day in the Arts
October 14, 1926: Winnie-the-Pooh is published
This Day in the Arts
December 06, 1964: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premieres on television
This Day in the Arts
December 12, 1628: Charles Perrault is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
December 19, 1843: A Christmas Carol is published
This Day in the Arts
December 21, 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres in movie theaters
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