REVIEWS OF CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS based on Dr. Elana Ashley's Adventure Series for Children: Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker

02/28/2016

Dr. Elana Ashley's Adventure Series for Children:

Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker

  

Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler

 

REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AT ST. NORBERT'S SCHOOL, NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS

BASED ON ASHLEY'S NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK ─ CASE TWO: BIG BULLY HOLLY HOWLER

Visit with Dr. Elana Ashley and Puppet Colleagues Ellie, Drake and Octavian

  

After a fun-filled, educational program was brought to St. Norbert School in Northbrook, Illinois, on March 9th, 2016, the following reference was written about Dr. Elana Ashley’s presentation for an audience of almost one hundred children ─ preschool through 2nd grade students:

“On behalf of the St. Norbert Home & School Association, I would like to thank you for your wonderful presentation of Big Bully Holly Howler. The children loved the story and your puppets! The message of what constitutes a bully and the important concept that in order to make a friend you need to be a friend were well presented. Ellie the Elephant, Drake and Octavian helped reinforce the positive messages about friendship in a way that was easy for the children to understand. Ellie's poem was a great way to end the show. Without reservation, I would recommend your show for children.”

Ann Furby, Cultural Arts, St. Norbert Home & School Association

 

Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet 

 

REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AT MORTON GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY, MORTON GROVE, ILLINOIS 

Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet

Visit with Dr. Elana Ashley and Puppet Ellie Elephant - National Library Week

 

“My Stories 'n Stuff class of first and second graders, along with their younger siblings, parents and friends, were delighted with Ellie's and your visit. We were enthralled with your dramatic reading of Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker, Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet. The discussion that you led following your reading made it clear that the children were in tune with Splunkey and his methods of mediating disputes. They could see immediately the feasability of such a misunderstanding on the part of Ellie and Eli. The highlight of the evening was your presentation of Ellie. The children were delighted with such a 'fashion-conscious' elephant. Thank you so much for visiting our class and sharing your book and puppet friend with us."

Ronalee Rund, Assistant Head of Youth Services, Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove, IL

  

REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AT WORLDS OF WISDOM AND WONDER,

NATIONAL-LOUIS UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS

Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet

Dramatic Reading, Discussion and Roleplay with Gifted Students

 

“Thank you so much for the engaging and entertaining special program which you gave as part of my Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder ‘Acting Up’ workshop for first and second grade children…

The students and I thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic reading which you gave of your book, Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker, Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet. Their responses to your well-organized follow-up questions after the reading exhibited total interest and involvement in the story's plot. I was impressed with your ability to actively engage them in critical thinking about the characters and events in the story. I could see that the children greatly enjoyed being challenged to creatively act out several scenes in the book. Your book's usefulness in teaching values of friendship, respect for others, and the positive results which can be gained when individuals work together to solve problems was especially impressive.

I'm glad that I have had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing one of your excellent, valuable, and entertaining programs. I know your book and programs will continue to do much good for our children, families, nation, and the world. Thank you for all your work in sharing this very special program with my class and me.”

Andrea Aschenbrenner, Center for Gifted Workshop Teacher, Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder, National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois

 

REVIEW OF CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AT HIGHWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY, HIGHWOOD, ILLINOIS

Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet

Dramatic   Story  Reading  and  Song  As   Storybook Characters  Come  to  Life 

[Children and Parents]

 

On June 7th, an alien from outer space visited Highwood Library! Splunkunio Splunkey is actually a life-size puppet, the creation of Dr. Elana Ashley. Dr. Ashley gave a delightful presentation involving her many talents - puppetry, ventriloquism, storytelling and singing. Both the children and adults enjoyed her original story "Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet", featuring Splunkey and Ellie Elephant, and joined in singing favorite songs. After the performance, Dr. Ashley answered questions about ventriloquism, making puppets, etc. The children were so enthusiastic that she showed them how to make their own paper puppets.

The Highwood Library highly recommends the performance of Splunkunio Splunkey Detective and Peacemaker, Case One: The Missing Friendship Bracelet. Dr. Ashley has a lovely singing voice and a wonderful interaction with the audience. Values of peace, friendship and honesty are presented in a very creative, entertaining manner.”

Joan Retnauer, Director, Highwood Public Library, Highwood, IL

 

 

 

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