Center for Puppetry Arts
Join us for our summer storytelling series and learn about our collection in a new way! Gather in our Worlds of Puppetry Museum for a short activity and to hear stories from around the globe during this puppet-led story time. Included with Museum Admission.
Duration 30 Minutes.
Shadow Play (Paul Fleischman)
While visiting the county fair, a brother and sister are enthralled by a shadow puppet show presentation of "Beauty and the Beast."
The Rabbit Who Overcame Fear (Dharma Publishing)
A little white rabbit, startled by a loud noise, learns a valuable lesson on how to cope with fear from a wise lion in this classic Indian folktale.
The Empty Pot (Demi)
A beloved Chinese picture book about an honest schoolboy whose initial failure turns into a satisfying tale of honesty rewarded.
How Tiger Got His Stripes (Rob Cleveland)
The Vietnamese folktale that explains how tiger received his stripes in place of Man’s wisdom.
The Beckoning Cat (Koko Nishizuka)
Have you ever seen the figure of the little white cat beckoning with her paw in the air? This Japanese folktale tells the story of one poor boy's kindness leading to one of the most popular figures seen in Asian shops around the world.
A Day in the Life of Oscar the Grouch (Linda Hayward)
Explore a normal day on Sesame Street with the world's favorite grouch!
Thunder Boy Jr. (Sherman Alexie)
Named after his father, Thunder Boy Jr.wants a name of his own. How will he and his dad pick his perfect new name?
Zomo the Rabbit (Gerald McDermott)
Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom, but he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks?
The Lizard and the Sun (Alma Flor Ada)
A Mexican folktale that tells how a brave little lizard searched for the sun and persevered through all odds.
Grover Goes to School (Dan Elliott)
On the first day of school, Grover is so worried about making friends he tries to please everyone, but he learns being himself is always the answer.
Enjoy a Turkish folktale, try out an authentic Turkish shadow puppet, compare shadow puppets from all over the world, and have fun practicing your shadow puppetry skills behind our shadow screen in this week’s Tale Time program.
Learn about the rewards of generosity through a Korean Folktale and then color your own Korean mask inspired by our Korean puppets.
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Join us in highlighting puppeteer Frank Oz and his Jewish roots through this week’s Tale Time! Listen to a modern take on a classic Jewish folktale and practice performing puppets in the same style as Jim Henson.
In this week’s Tale Time learn all about shadow puppetry! Practice your shadow puppetry skills and use shadow puppets from all over the world.
Celebrate International Yoga Day and enjoy an Indian folktale about overcoming your fears. During this week’s Tale Time interact with an authentic Indian marionette and try out child-friendly yoga.
Learn about Chinese puppetry and listen to a classic Chinese folktale.
Let’s celebrate Vietnamese Family Day! Join us during Tale Time to find out about the holiday, hear a Vietnamese folktale and learn about Vietnamese water puppetry.
Listen to a Japanese folktale, practice with a Japanese puppet and then make a paper crane in celebration of the Japanese Star Festival!
Enjoy a tale about the day in the life of Oscar the Grouch and add your own features to a Muppet-inspired coloring page.
Join us in learning about the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, read a Native American tale and take part in an adapted Olympic activity called the “Blanket Toss.”
It’s Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa and we’re celebrating at Tale Time! Listen to an African folktale, use an African rod puppet, and perform in an African masquerade!
In today’s Tale Time learn all about a Mexican folk festival! Practice your marionette skills and listen to a Mexican folktale.
Get ready to go back to school by enjoying Grover Goes to School and then learn basic puppetry skills to show off to your classmates.