Handmade finger puppets – Animal stories and a Finnish book
January 3, 2011
New Year, new post! Yay!
I will start this year by sharing what I’ve crafted for the girls as their Christmas gifts ^_^. I think it was a bit mad project once I decided to make it at the last responsible moment. Yep, the idea was in my mind for long but I only started making it couple of days before Christmas (ahahaha, didn’t I tell you I am _that_ type of lazy person?)
Hubs and I bought a very nice Finnish Animals Stories book and … I wanted to make finger puppets from the main characters (the brown bear and the fox) to be given together with it. I also crafted some other characters, inspired by books we had already. Girls could use the tales they’ve heard previously in addition to the new ones (or invent their own ^_^)
Introducing my finger puppets, I made a short comic page from three stories. :)
…And how the bear lost its tail
Original title of the story “Karhun kalanpyynti” (The bear went fishing) – from the book “Suomen Lasten Eläinsadut” (Finnish Children´s Animal stories).
Waking up from its winter sleep, the bear came by a fox eating some fishes. The hungry bear asked:
- Oh wow, you have plenty of fish! I can eat some of yours if you don’t mind! Where did you get them?
The fox, annoyed by the fact the bear was big and afraid it would eat all the fishes quickly answered:
- I went fishing in the farmer´s ice hole (avanto in Finnish). I used my tail as fishing equipment and because the sky was so clear and full of stars, the fishes were enough hungry they just bit my beautiful tail fur and in the morning, I had fishes all over it!
The bear believed in the story (it still had a long tail) and headed to the ice hole on the frozen lake. He sat by the hole and put his tail in it, according to what the fox instructed.The sky was all clear and the cold weather, very severe.
After a while, the bear felt some pinching in its tail. The surface of the hole was getting all frozen but the bear was happy believing it was the fishes grabbing his tail.
In the morning, the deceiving fox went to sneak a look at the bear sitting on the lake. “Yes, he is stuck!” and rushed to the farmer´s house screaming “There´s a bear messing your ice hole, ohoi! A bear is messing your ice hole!”
Meanwhile, the bear was getting bored about sitting on the lake. He tried to move the tail but it was so numb it felt very heavy. “I must sit a bit more, my catch is indeed big!”
Suddenly some huge noise could be heard from the lake shore. The farmer and his family, carrying huge sticks started to beat the bear out from their avanto. The bear tried hard to pull itself free, so hard its tail snapped and remained in the frozen ice hole. The terrified bear ran to the forest but his tail stayed behind.
Since then, the bear doesn’t have tail at all ^_^.
The bear tail is attached to the bear with magnets :).
Three wishes (Kolme toivomusta)
From the book “Iloiset eläinsadut” (original book “Richard Scarry´s Animal Nursery Tales”). The original story is also known as “The Sausage nose”
Once upon a time there was a very poor woodcutter. He lived with his wife in a very humble cottage in the woods.
One day while working, he whined how nice it would be if he could have anything he wanted, once he had nothing at all.
A fairy, listening to that, appeared to the man and granted him three wishes.
- I make three wishes come true! But use them wisely or you end up a fool!
Happily, the man hurried home to tell the news to his wife. They couldn’t think what they could wish first so they decided to have supper and think better later.
Seeing not much to eat on the table besides soup, the man sighed “Wish we could have a big fat sausage for dinner instead”. In a blink of an eye, the sausage appeared on their dinner table.
His wife got really angry: “You foolish man! Look now! Our first wish gone because of a stupid sausage!”
The man, annoyed by all the nagging shouted “Wish that sausage was stuck to your nose!”. And the sausage got stuck to his wife´s nose and they couldn´t get it off…
“We still have one wish to make… we need to think wise”.
“There´s no thinking here! I don´t want to live with the sausage on my nose forever!”
So the man wished the sausage to be gone from his wife´s nose.
The sausage was gone, so their three wishes.
The sausage is removable with the help of magnets too.
The Gingerbread Man
Because it was Christmas and my girls like this tale a lot, I made characters for this story too.
I think most of you know how the tale goes, if not check here. However, this version in my comics is based from the short story included in ”Iloiset eläinsadut” (original book “Richard Scarry´s Animal Nursery Tales”).
In the very end, when the gingerbread man is running away from the city people, he ends up by the riverbank, where a fox offers help as a ferry to cross the river. After tricking the gingerbread “not to get wet” by getting him nearer and nearer his mouth, the gingerbread man finds himself eaten mid-stream. ^_^
The girls didn’t give much attention to my present during the Christmas gift sharing but in the same night, before going to bed, they played with the finger puppets and created their “own” stories. ^_^
Have a great year my friends!