Monday, March 12, 2012

Who Was Jim Henson?



Who Was Jim Henson?
by Joan Holub
ill. Nancy Harrison
juvenile biography
106 pages
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2010

Jim Henson was always a creative boy, inspired by his grandmother, Dear. When he was a young boy televisions began appearing in people's homes. From the moment his family acquired one, Jim knew he wanted to work in TV. He got his start on a puppet show. We all know where it went from there. Jim Henson is famous for his Muppets. His Muppets helped make Sesame Street the raging success it still is today. He even went on to make movies and many other TV shows, though none were ever as successful as The Muppets and Sesame Street. He was a n even-tempered man who loved his children. In fact he always felt like a kid at heart himself. It is a joy to learn about the life of a man that has brought so much entertainment into the lives of people of all-ages all over the world. If you read this book you will learn what the original Kermit the Frog was made out of. You will also learn a great deal about various kinds of puppets and how they work. It might surprise you how many puppeteering innovations were created or inspired by Jim Henson and his Muppets.
This short biography is perfect for younger elementary students or older students struggling to read. The chapters are short with reader-friendly text and numerous black and white illustrations that add character to the story. There are many more biographies in this fun series so even if you or your child aren't interested in Jim Henson, there is sure to be one that will grab your interest.

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