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We have all seen puppets and puppeteers at work and play. However, what we do not know and would probably love to know is how to learn the art.

Brian Zimmerman offered that opportunity to 23 students of SK St Thomas as he began his session, The Wonderful World of Puppetry, and every student – and teacher – present there hung on to his every word and move.

Brian took them through the techniques of bringing puppets to life, the children tried their hand at manipulating the puppets they were given and the teachers enjoyed watching the children enjoying themselves.

Brian was in Kuching as a speaker in Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival held at the Pustaka Negeri Library.

John Jong

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There are few children who will baulk at the opportunity to play with puppets and learn how to make them dance to their tunes.

The 24 students of SK Combined (ages around 9) were no different as Brian Zimmerman, puppeteer extraordinary, took them through the paces. On show was a puppet play, how to create and design puppets and how to perform with puppets.

The children and the teachers lapped it up with glee, the latter even joining in the game enthusiastically to help the students get their puppet right. It was a hushed audience as they made sure they did not miss any move of Brian’s. In the end, Brian left with an extremely happy bunch of children and teachers with a promise to come back some other time.

Brian was in Kuching as a speaker in Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival held at the Pustaka Negeri Library.

John Jong