Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jim Henson The Guy Who Played with Puppets by Kathleen Krull

Who hasn't heard of Sesame Street and the Muppets?  This is a picture book that will teach your young one about the man who created the puppets.

Random House Children's Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  The illustrations are paintings done by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.  The book is now available at your local bookstore.

Whether you buy this book for your child or for yourself, it's a delightful look at a unique personality.  Ms. Krull introduces us to Mr. Henson, who was determined to help children learn with the use of puppets.  How successful he was at it amazed even himself.

The paintings evoke the era that Mr. Henson grew up in (it was the same one I did).  It was a simpler time with less TV, no cellphones and no apps.  Mr. Henson's puppets were popular with the kids and not only taught children their alphabet and how to count, but also taught them about bullies, being different, and being honest.

Follow Mr. Henson through his life and see how he finally got to live his dream and "play with his puppets".

Happy reading.

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