These lovely Story Teller Animals are hand-carved in Vietnam. They are small relatives of the ancient Chinese tiger box. The tiger box was used to end music with a flourish by stroking its back three times with a stick. Hold these little ones -- you can call them guiros or rasps -- loosely in your hand or on your palm so they can resonate when you rub them.
The fish guiro is 6.5 inches long. Buy it now for $24.
This chubby rabbit feels really nice to hold. Tap him with either the large or small end of the stick or rub it along the little bumps on his head. A lovely little instrument. 4 inches long. Only one left. Buy it for $22.
THUMB PIANOS, also called Mbira or Sansa, are melodic instruments consisting of small metal strips arranged on a flat sounding board. The resonators are either gourds or wood. The sound of the mbira is associated with the creation myth. It is also called "the walker's friend" because it is taken on long journeys through the forest.
Rhythm instrument from India. Slip your thumb through the round hole and slip the other khartal over your fingers on the same hand. Just clap the two straight edges together, and you can jingle and tap along with your favorite music. $24.