H x W x D: 8 11/16 × 5 1/8 × 2 3/4 in. (22 × 13 × 7 cm)
Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Created for use by children’s counselors and therapists, this hand puppet is part of a set that depicts two five-person family units; one family is African American while the other is Caucasian. Being able to use puppets that reflect a child’s personal race and gender is important for this kind of therapy to be successful. It is also significant for children’s self-esteem and learning cues that the African American dolls show a complete nuclear family unit, wearing clothes that communicate middle class respectability.
A father figure painted rubber hand puppet by Childcraft. With his rubber arms and hands raised, the father puppet wears a medium gray single-breast blazer with black tie and white shirt. He has short brown hair, brown eyes, and the maker's mark [CHILDCRAFT / [copyright symbol] 1968] on the back bottom of his blazer. His sand colored rubber interior has three finger holes.