From Alex Espy, Director of Education at Mesner Puppet Theatre: 

How to Snag a Sea Monster is based on the folktale sometimes called Old Stormalong. It’s difficult to know the original author of the story, as folktales were usually passed orally from person to person. 

Using the folktale Old Stormalong as our inspiration, Director of Puppetry Arts Mike Horner took some artistic liberties when he created his puppet version of the story. To take artistic liberties means he made some changes from how the story was originally told. 

Before you come see How to Snag a Sea Monster, take a look at this version of Stormalong by author Mary Pope Osborne. Then, after you watch our new puppet version, as yourself; What artistic liberties did Mike make with his version? What things stayed the same? What might you want to change if you were telling the story yourself?

For more Sea Monster inspired activities from Mr. Espy, click here!

More Resources for Teachers: 

Monsters of The Deep: Tall Tales of the High Seas

An in-depth look into under the sea folklore from Sea Museum.  Artwork and artifact photographs are also featured! 

8 Fun Facts About Deep-Sea Monsters Lesson Plan from Scholastic

Students in grades 6-12 will explore creatures from the deep blue. Get to know the deep sea and its inhabitants… if you dare!

Tall Tale Characteristics Charts from Teachers Pay Teachers

A helpful tool for early elementary students to chart their understanding of tall-tale characters. Downloadable PDF from Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Stormalong Vocabulary Lesson Plans

An in-depth vocabulary lesson plan for early to mid elementary, using a beautifully illustrated version of Stormalong as the anchor text! 

Tall Tale Reading Response Wheel

A crafty reading response activity for tall tales. Downloadable PDF from Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Release the Kraken! From the PBS Monstrum Series*

Legend has it this monster could take down ships, grab sailors off decks, and create whirlpools. Meet the Kraken in the latest episode of Monstrum from PBS Digital Studios! *recommended for grades 4 and up