One of the stories that I told for my "Family Story Time - Folktales from Asia" (see post for 7/27/11) was a story from Korea called "Don't Let the Tiger Get You!" which can be found in Multicultural Folktales: Stories to Tell Young Children by Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski. Three of my all-time favorite flannel board stories ("The Elegant Rooster," "The Goat in the Chili Patch," and "The Knee-High Man") are in this book but I never looked beyond the flannel board section until recently when I started telling more stories using props. This story comes from the second section of the book and I picked it because of the absurdity of the "characters." The heroes are a talking banana peel, egg, mat, and rope who save an old woman from being eaten by a talking tiger. The talking tiger was completely accepted but the others elicited several giggles especially the talking banana peel.
I made the old woman and banana peel out of clip art. I braided yarn for the rope and wove strips of construction paper for the mat. Since I didn't have a plastic egg, I used a cat toy. Although, my philosophy about making props is to use what you have and not to get too elaborate, I did make a three-dimensional tiger. I found a one piece pattern here. It was surprisingly easy to put together. The "stage" where I placed the figures while telling the story was an Amazon.com box which I also use to store props. This story can also be told with puppets.
Amazon Theater - "Don't Let the Tiger Get You!"
This weeks Flannel Friday round-up can be found at Anne's So Tomorrow blog here.