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.
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.
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.