Shadow Shadow – When we introduce shadow puppets for storytelling we are creating a whole and complete literacy experience captured in the rich aural and visual dimensions of the arts. Light, shadows and movement capture the imagination and create a wonderful journey of magic, colour, music, dance, rhyme and singing. These shadow characters, rich in inviting patterns, hold us spellbound as they act out their stories.
The stories in this book have been especially selected for shadow puppets. However, they will generally lend themselves equally well to reading aloud and telling through other media such as sand trays, felt and magnetic boards, dramatisation, glove puppets, and drawing or painting-as-you-tell.
The plots are easy to remember. They are repetitive and invite the audience to participate in singing, clapping, dancing or chanting.
Patterns for the shadow puppets are available in the appendix.