By Kathleen Krull
Sesame Street and The Muppet Show brought Jim Henson's Muppets to the realm, making Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, and large poultry family names. yet at the same time a baby in rural Mississippi, hearing the radio and placing on comedy indicates for his kinfolk, Jim famous the facility of laughter to carry humans jointly. On Sesame Street, Jim's Muppets reworked kid's tv by way of making studying enjoyable for children in all places. A visionary, Jim constantly believed that puppets may succeed in a much broader viewers. In 1976, he proved it, drawing hundreds of thousands of kin audience to The Muppet Show. along with his characteristic movie The darkish Crystal and his famous person Wars characters—including Yoda—Jim persisted to push the bounds of what was once attainable in puppetry till his demise in 1990 on the age of 53.
Kathleen Krull, recipient of the kid's ebook Guild 2011 Non-fiction Award and lots of different accolades, once more does what she does so well—illuminating the lifetime of an enormous determine in background, paintings, and tradition together with her informative yet approachable writing style.
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Extra info for Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets
He never forgot being under a certain tree in California, awestruck at the beauty in nature, leaves flickering in the sun. On whatever paper was handy, he would take his favorite bright-colored felt-tip pens and begin sketching. Fifteen years after introducing the Muppets, Jim was thirty-three and a famous guy on TV. One day in 1968, he got a phone call that would change his life. It was from a TV producer named Joan Ganz Cooney. She told him about studies showing the vast difference that preschool education made in children’s lives.
He didn’t like to bother people. With friends, including a best friend named Kermit, he played games. Not team sports (he was always the last to be chosen). But Ping-Pong and tennis and board games. He put on shows for the family in the backyard, using props he found around the house. A sheet and towel from his mother’s linen closet? Perfect as a cloak and turban while he played a flute to cast a spell on the coiled garden hose, posing as a snake. He made his first public appearance as a Cub Scout.
J. F. ” —Jim Henson (1936–1990) Jim Henson’s family didn’t have a TV. No one had a TV in the 1930s. So how could a lively boy entertain himself? By kicking off his shoes and loving his life along the Mississippi River. A creek bubbled right past Jim’s big old farmhouse. That’s where he and his brother, Paul, fished and swam. On hot, humid nights, they watched fireflies flickering and listened to frogs croaking nonstop in the swamps. Listening, watching, singing, and telling stories—that was entertainment.