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Book lovers, we have a problem.

What’s wrong with THE SOCK? Why isn’t she speaking to me? I wrote this book about her! She’s on the cover!

“You need what? A knock-out wardrobe? No? More sequins on your glasses? No? What, then? A name? Oh, I see. Neglected that, didn’t I. Hmmmm. A little late now, isn’t it…. OK, OK. I’ll put it out on social media.”

NAME THE SOCK! And the winner gets….. Hey, their own sock puppet, hand made by Karen! TO ENTER leave a comment HERE on the blog (Facebook doesn’t count) and sign up for our newsletter. (Don’t worry, we don’t send them out often. And we never ask for money for politicians.) PLEASE – help name the sock or she’ll be impossible once the book tours start!

BY THE WAY, the book really is on the way! Finally! A couple learning curves – like how to create an ebook when I’d never actually read one (yes it will be print and ebook). And did you see the reviews so far here?

This is the longer blurb: The Sophisticated Sock: Project Based Learning Through Puppetry delivers a career of in-school experience to teachers, resident artists, and anyone wishing to engage children grades K – five in enthusiastic learning across the curriculum. Karen Konnerth is a world traveling puppeteer as well as arts integration specialist, with countless hours logged developing, implementing, and refining these projects in a wide variety of schools and educational settings. Karen has provided workshops for teachers at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist program in Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. The book offers time-efficient, step-by-step projects to produce memorable, in-depth, core standards-based, collaborative learning. The magically engaging art form of puppetry is the Pied Piper requiring students to grasp, use, and therefore, remember the curriculum core of each lesson in order to bring the art form to life. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning takes place as students manipulate and experiment with materials for a specific purpose and every project necessitates higher order thinking skills. Explicit diagrams and suggestions encourage puppet making using very basic, quick, and low-cost designs to facilitate immediate use of the art form in formal or informal performance. Specific assessment tools are included for each project. And best of all, students are motivated and enthusiastic as they absorb the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.


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