Ashley Bryan's Puppets [hc]
By Ashley Bryan with photographs edited by Rich Entel
Little Cranberry Island. It’s a small island, with fewer than a hundred inhabitants, but it’s got more than its share of treasures. Daily, for decades, Ashley has walked up and down the beach, stopping to pick up sea glass, weathered bones, a tangle of fishing net, an empty bottle, a doorknob. Treasure.
And then, with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore, Ashley breathes new life into these materials. Others might consider it beach junk, but Ashley sees worlds of possibilities.
Ashley Bryan’s two-foot-tall hand puppets swell with personality and beauty, and in this majestic collection they make their literary debut, each with a poem that tells of their creation and further enlivens their spirit. 80 pages
"A stunning work of creative genius sure to captivate the young and lend pure delight to beachcombers of any age." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Ages 4-Up)
"Traditional African themes abound as the characters introduce themselves through their poems, and readers are invited into the world of puppets and poetry. Bryan has truly created a book for all to treasure." -School Library Journal, Starred Review (Grades 4-Up)
July 8, 2014
Lexile Level=NP Non-Prose