Puppet Partners

Posted - Feb. 2, 2004 at 6:42 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

For hundreds of years puppetry has been a teaching tool used to transmit culture and history to generations. Carolyn Frank, owner of Puppet Partners, continues this teaching tradition, touching the hearts of children with her educational puppet sets and original songs and scripts.

Carolyn's passion for puppets began while serving an LDS mission in Canada. She saw a need to educate children on Indian reservations about the ills of alcohol and tobacco use, and found that puppets were the perfect teaching tools.

After taking a puppetry class that rekindled her desire to create puppets, Carolyn's husband encouraged her to sell her puppets at local boutiques. Soon after, Carolyn's basement hobby turned into Puppet Partners, an international business in Kaysville, that sells puppets both locally and as far as the Orient and Australia.

Carolyn tells me her puppets are designed to teach children. She sells puppets and scripts that teach about values, anger management, science, nutrition and the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

With the resurgence of puppetry in the education field, Puppet Partners continues to grow. Carolyn's high-quality, wide-mouth puppets are used in educational programs around the world and have been commissioned from organizations such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Indianapolis Children's museum.

Carolyn is grateful for her company's success, but feels that getting a phone call or letter from someone whose life has been touched by her puppets is better than any big sale she could make. Once she received feedback telling her about a little boy in Romania who wanted help to stop smoking after he watched an educational puppet show that used her puppets. Carolyn tells me this is the most rewarding part of her business, and what it's all about — to help children.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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