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From: Patricia Coffie
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:34:59 -0600

I’ve been making puppets and seeing the miracles they allow in audiences for 50 years now. Puppeteers and Storytellers have had some good times too.

Here’s a list of simple and joyful books I’ve used (in schools and libraries where I was employed). I particularly enjoy the peaceable dragon stories.

Patterns, stories of the miracles, scripts or music ideas if you ask. These are not all the stories I know but these are book-based. There is also “The City Dog and the Country Dog” based on the book “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.”

Yes, I do workshops—even one where you make and take a cloth puppet to keep—presented at Northlands Storytelling Network 2016.

These are gentle and joyful picture books. Kids in my classrooms and libraries have loved to share these in story and/or with puppets:

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. C1948, 1976.
Puffin Books

The Funny Thing by Wanda Ga’g. C1929, 1957.
Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola. C1980.
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer. C1953.
William Morrow

Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton. C2007.
Sterling Children’s Books

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame. C1938, 1966.
Holiday House

Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog by Marjorie Flack. C1934.
Doubleday & Co. Inc.

Why Cowboys Sing in Texas by Le Grand Henderson. C1950, renewed.
Houghton Mifflin

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Rex Schneider. C1980.
Stemmer House

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Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie
Stories from Home
203 Emery Drive
Waverly, IA 50677

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