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A Carnival of Animals

A Carnival of Animals

by Sid Fleischman, Marylin Hafner
     
 

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A no-account little tornado comes twirling along. It means no great harm, but for the animals in the shadow of Barefoot Mountain life will never be the same. A 400pound hog finds a wind-tossed harmonica and learns to play it. Emperor Floyd, a wild rooster, is frightened into insomnia and keeps everyone awake by crowing in the middle of the night. Stumblefrog

Overview

A no-account little tornado comes twirling along. It means no great harm, but for the animals in the shadow of Barefoot Mountain life will never be the same. A 400pound hog finds a wind-tossed harmonica and learns to play it. Emperor Floyd, a wild rooster, is frightened into insomnia and keeps everyone awake by crowing in the middle of the night. Stumblefrog discovers a sack of Mexican jumping beans left in the path of the twister, and guess what happens?

Most curious of all, the storm drops a "strange little animal, all pink skin and bones, lying in a heap against a hollow log." Its fur or feathers have been plucked clean by the tornado, and no one can guess what nature of odd animal the "Windblown Child" is. Everyone is in for a huge and wondrous surprise.

In these six broad comedies, Newbery Medal winner Sid Fleischman again proves himself to be a wizard of the American tall tale.

Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A half dozen newly minted tall tales chronicle the merry havoc wreaked by a "no-account little tornado" that touches down on Barefoot Mountain. In the opening story ("The Windblown Child"), a group of friendly woodland animals rally round an odd, pink, hairless--or featherless, they can't tell--creature ("It could be a newborn pig" one observes) who blows in from the nearby mountain. She turns out to be a rare "Sidehill Clinger" (her disproportionate legs, ideal for climbing steep slopes, are the giveaway). In a neat little coda, her missing fleece turns up in the final story atop the head of a bald farmer. Other memorable characters include the star of "Emperor Floyd," a rooster, who develops insomnia and a taste for fireflies in the storm's aftermath and ends up a porch light, and "Stumblefrog," a clumsy frog who finds a torn sack of Mexican jumping beans, swallows them, then leaps and soars with the best of them. Fleischman (Bandit's Moon) displays his nimble wit with descriptions of a gale that shakes trucks "like dice" and a sly hawk named Thump Oswald who is "slick as bear grease." The glee with which he relates his outrageous yarns is infectious, and Hafner (the Lunch Bunnies books) seems to have caught it, too. Overflowing with the critters and varmints the stories conjure up, her jaunty watercolor and pen-and-ink vignettes create a jaunty counterpoint. Ages 7-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
Barefoot Mountain and a no-account little tornado are the two factors that tie together Newbery-winner Fleischman's six small forays into the tall tale. The most endearing of these stories is about "The Windblown Child," a scrawny, nearly-skinned creature the tornado drops upon the local animal residents just across the plains from Barefoot Mountain. After much research, the creature is determined to be a Sidehill Clinger¾part sheep, part goat, with two short and two long legs, specially adapted to climbing particularly vertical mountains. Such a creature does not thrive on the plains. The saga of how the lowland animals return their addled new friend to her true home is worthy of McBroom, one of Fleishman's beloved characters. Hafner's watercolor and pen and ink art brings Fleischman's stories to life with charm and humor. 2000, Greenwillow,
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Fleischman, a master of the tall tale, presents six short stories about the odd happenings at Barefoot Mountain after a "no-account little tornado" passes through. Some of the unusual creatures introduced include a Sidehill Clinger whose legs are different lengths for ease in climbing mountains; a rooster who eats too many fireflies and begins to glow in the dark; and Webster, aka "Stumblefrog," whose leaping difficulties are solved when he discovers a sack of Mexican jumping beans. Intended for perhaps a slightly younger audience than the author's "McBroom" series, these shorter, simpler tales feature the same broad humor and quirky characterizations. Hafner's cheerful illustrations, done in watercolors, colored pencils, and pen and ink, add to the comic quality of the book. A good choice for children between beginning chapter books and more ambitious fare, and a solid addition for most collections.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fleischman (Bandit's Moon, 1998, etc.) relates six lively, interlocking tall tales involving the animals who live near Barefoot Mountain and the changes brought about by "a noaccount little tornado" that "came twirling like a ballerina across the countryside." A sidehill clinger with two long and two short legs who had its fur plucked out by the storm, a cat who blows itself up like a balloon to scare the nasty dog next door, and a rooster who eats so many fireflies it lights up like a lamp are among the curious characters to inhabit this nonsense world. A chapter book for those who are ready to move up from the beginningtoread level, this can also be read aloud to a younger audience. Hafner's (Lucille's Snowsuit, p. 1119) watercolor, coloredpencil, and penandink illustrations perfectly suit the tales. Fullpage pictures introduce each story while numerous smallscale sketches add humor throughout. While not as rollicking as the author's McBroom stories, these will tickle the fancy of many and could serve as an introduction to Fleischman's masterful talltale telling. (Fiction. 79)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688169480
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/22/2000
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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