In thinking about themes for the puppet-swap and searching out tales, I was drawn to The Story of the Root Children, not only because it's a beautiful depiction of the season's cycles, but also because of the presence of mother & child archetypes. I felt that puppets created in the images of these archetypes would make versatile players for many & various stories.
Healing Stories for Challenging Behavior written by Susan Perrow (published by Hawthorn Press.) I highly recommend this book, not only as a source for many good stories, but also because the book discusses how to guide children through difficult situations using stories (The Star Apple story appears in the section for stories when a child is feeling bored or whiny); in addition to this, the book offers guidance in creating original stories for individual children according to their needs.
Now, on to The Star Apple! It is usual for this story to start out with a child and his mother. Other characters the child encounters include a little girl, a farmer, an auntie or grandmother and the wind. Not having puppets on hand at the moment to play a little girl, a farmer or an additional mother/grandmother, I have simply substituted a little bird in my version. This is the beauty of stories... they can often be adapted to suit your situation. Here is a link via Mommy Nature.com to a version of the original story; for your own use, feel free to adapt the story, or use it as written!
The Star Apple
(my own adapted version)
This is only one story I found which would be nice for telling with puppets of mother & child. Can you think of any others? What stories will you tell?