What's a Crankie?? Shanghai, China
Morikami Park Elementary School, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Ronni Gerstel, Teaching Artist; Kira Geiger, Teaching Writer
Shanghai American School, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Jeff Fessler, Teacher
The Victor W. and Celia Lipton Farris Foundation
The crankie is an old American folk art form–it consists of a wooden frame fitted with spindles and, yes, cranks. Cranking the spindles pulls a scroll of decorated paper across the opening, forming a moving backdrop for shadow puppets or other props that tell a story.
Since our stories at Blue Planet are meant to enable students to teach and learn about the world, our local students’ crankie project was all about the wonders of Florida. The Shanghai students’ piece told stories of their home, 8,000 miles from the beaches of Palm Beach County.