Inside the Puppet Theatre by Claire Llewellyn and Veronique Leplat
Have you ever seen a puppet show? Now's your chance to go behind the scenes! Take a trip inside the Little Angel Theatre and meet Ronnie the puppeteer. As he takes you on a tour of the theatre, you can meet lots of puppets, find out how they're made and how a show is put on. This colourful non-fiction book brings the world of puppets to life.
/ Purple/Band 8 books offer developing readers literary language, with some challenging vocabulary. / Text type: An information book. / Pages 22 and 23 show a diagram of the different areas of the puppet theatre, to help children to recap what they have read. / Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. / Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Puppets; Art and design: People in action
This is one of Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme books, however it is also a very informative little book for children who want to find out what happens inside a puppet theatre. The book has lots of photographs throughout the book depicting the life of a puppeteer.
At the start of the book, the reader is introduced to Ronnie, the puppeteer and he introduces you to his theatre. There is a section on string and rod puppets and also about glove and shadow puppets. Ronnie also talks about making puppets and also about creating the character - how will it move?
Although this is a reading scheme book, as previously said, I found it really interesting. There is also a glossary at the end of the book and a plan for guided reading. Included in this are some great ideas for further research and also general ideas for helping children with guided reading.