These little puppet plays, which are intended for use in the schoolroom, are so simple that they can be easily and artistically produced by any puppet club, which will usually consist of members from grades three to six inclusive. They afford wide opportunity for group activity and for individual expression.
For the information of the inexperienced, it may be said that puppet plays are exactly like other plays except that the actors are controlled by strings and do nothing of their own volition. Such plays need songs, dances, action and dramatic situations. They need snappy dialogue, and clever people to speak it; so does every other sort of play if it is to be successful.
Every play in this book is introduced by Punchinello, a chubby clown, who tries to convey the atmosphere of the play both by his words and by his attire, which varies slightly with the play.