Sock puppet

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An example of a homemade sock puppet
Sock puppets 'Kukla' and 'Ollie' from the TV program Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

A Sock puppet is a simple type of hand puppet made with an adult sock. Most sock puppets have some fabric or plastic facial features added to the sock, such as eyes or a mouth. Some sock puppets may also have accessories such as a hat or clothing. Sock puppets are operated by putting a person's hand inside the sock.

Well-known sock puppets[change | change source]

In Canada, Ed the Sock is a sock puppet who has appeared on Canadian television shows since 1987. Ed the Sock appears in a weekly Toronto television series called Ed's Night Party!.[1] In the 1950s, comedian Soupy Sales made two sock puppets famous; 'White Fang' and 'Black Tooth'.[2] Ventriloquist and puppeteer Shari Lewis delighted children with her lovable sock puppets 'Lamb Chop', 'Charlie Horse' and 'Hush Puppy'.[3] They appeared on TV and in person for over four decades.[3] 1950s TV sock puppets 'Kukla' and 'Ollie' appeared with a real person, Fran, who appeared in front of the stage in the long-running program Kukla, Fran and Ollie.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Peter Kenter, TV North: Everything You Wanted to Know About Canadian Television (Vancouver: Whitecap, 2001), p. 115
  2. American Icons, eds. Dennis Hall; Susan G. Hall (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), p. 503
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hilda L. Jackman, Early Childhood Curriculum: A Child's Connection to the World, Fourth Edition (Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning, 2009), p. 339