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BEFORE THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS...

We are big, BIG fans of the 1964 holiday classic,  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, with its inspired characters like "Hermey" the dentistry-obsessed elf or the awesome, Abonminable Snowmonster "Bumble"!  But for a more sublime look at puppetry check out the book, Paul Klee: Hand Puppets. "Between 1916 abd 1925 the Swiss-born painter, Paul Klee made some 50 hand puppets for his son, Felix. To create the heads he used materials from his own household: beef bones and electrical outlets, bristle brushes, leftover bits of fur and nutshells. Soon he began to sew costumes. These characters and small works, do not pretend to be great art, but at the same time they are superbly imaginative and sweetly reminiscent of Klee's relationship with his family." They also beautifully illustrate in this time of gift giving that the most valuable and enduring gift we have and can give is our creative spirit.