Dance, Shaba, Dance!… and other puppet stories is the first in a series of companion books to Stories for Telling (Pademelon Press 2005).
The stories are written for participation, reading aloud, puppet telling, felt and magnetic boards, and sand trays. Many are invitations to dramatise, to dance, or to create music.
Most of the stories are illustrated by a puppet especially handmade for that story. The puppets are constructed from a diverse range of materials including, stocking sculpture, gourds, wooden spoons, styrofoam and paper mache.
The children attending St Saviour’s Prep and Preschool in Toowoomba participated in a series of puppet workshops where the children created interesting puppets, stories and plays. Stories and images from the workshops are included in the book.