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Who doesn't love a parade? And what parade could ever be more exciting than a circus parade? From clowns to elephants, jugglers to acrobats, dancing dogs to prancing ponies, excitement fills the air. So catch the beat of the big bass drumhere comes the circus parade!

Harriet Ziefert's rhymed text and Tanya Roitman's exuberant illustrations perfect capture the energy, the beat, and the magic of a circus parade.

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Overview

Who doesn't love a parade? And what parade could ever be more exciting than a circus parade? From clowns to elephants, jugglers to acrobats, dancing dogs to prancing ponies, excitement fills the air. So catch the beat of the big bass drumhere comes the circus parade!

Harriet Ziefert's rhymed text and Tanya Roitman's exuberant illustrations perfect capture the energy, the beat, and the magic of a circus parade.

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Publishers Weekly
An entire town has come out to watch the title event march down the main street, but no worries: this book gives readers a front row seat. In simple couplets, Ziefert (The Biggest Job of All, reviewed above) ticks off the sights and sounds that pass along the pages' single plane of action: "A rat-a-tat-tat, a rum-a-tee-tum.../ Sounds the beat of the first snare drum./ A dancing dog from Kalamazoo/ Shows the crowd what he can do." Some of the rhymes lack the energy of its Big Top subjects ("An elephant's walking down the street./ We know him by his trunk and feet"), but Roitman more than makes up for these fallow moments. Her jubilant visual melange of cartooning, childlike art and streamlined representation captures the circus's own heady brew of performers and performing styles. The street itself is a key element to the spreads' liveliness; Roitman renders it as a wide, literally pitch-black strip, so that even though the parade takes place in daylight, the performers seem to be moving through a darkened, theatrical space that heightens the vibrancy of their expressions, poses and costumes. As a real-life cultural happening, the circus parade may be pretty much on the endangered species list (when was the last time the crew from Barnum & Bailey tromped down any Main Street?), but it's still alive and well in this book's fictional universe. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
Everyone loves a circus parade! An invitation comes when one snatches the book from the shelf and catches a glimpse of the rousing participants marching down the street on the bold and energetic cover. Open to the endpapers with their white background and find anxious young and old rushing to view the popular event. As the pages are turned one gets a preview of a few of dazzling garbed stars to be featured under the big tent besides the rousing big band—dancing dog, clown pedaling a unicycle, lumbering elephant, and ballerina balancing on a pony's bareback. It's easy to get caught up in the rhythm and beat of the performers until one leaps into the text with its lackluster rhyme and uneven meter. The colored scenes on the black street merge as if melting together with the crowd on the sidewalk (who remain as the same backdrop on every double-page spread), making it difficult to grasp where figures begin and end. The vibrant and fluorescent colors of the circus theme will delight youngsters' eyes and provide lots to talk about as the parade wields it way down the street.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This parade produces such strong rhythm and rhyme that it clamors to be read aloud. Leading off is, "A rat-a-tat-tat, a rum-a-tee-tum-/Sounds the beat of the first snare drum./A dancing dog from Kalamazoo/Shows the crowd what he can do." Next to pass by are a clown, elephant, horses, majorettes, acrobats, and more, with a tight ending summarizing all of the participants. Roitman's exuberant cartoons capture all of the fun as characters march through the colorful town set off against a black-road backdrop. The bold spreads make this a winning choice for group or individual sharing. Pair it with Donald Crews's Parade (HarperCollins, 1986) or Sarah Weeks's Paper Parade (S & S, 2004) for a lively storytime.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Clowns, bears, monkeys, majorettes, acrobats, bands and strong men are among the many who march when the circus parade comes through town. Rhyming couplets describe the action: "A rat-a-tat-tat, a rum-a-tee-tum . . . Sounds the beat of the first snare drum." But the couplets are not quite rhythmic enough to truly, "Feel that rhythm? Catch the beat!"-especially when several are almost identical. Bold, bright colors on the black background of the street make the marchers jump out at the reader. But the parade is going the wrong way. Had the front of the parade been to the left, readers could have naturally followed it from beginning to end as the text described the illustration on each page. Diligent observers will also notice that the parade spectators are identical on every page, including body position and facial expression. Lois Ehlert's Circus and Dr. Seuss's To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street are better bets. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593540883
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is the author of many picture books for children. She is the grandmother of four and lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Tanya Roitman holds an M.F.A. from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her artistic career started in the St. Petersburg, Russia circus. Since then she has illustrated more than fifty children's books. She currently lives in New Jersey. This is the first picture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Sparks up Nostalgia!

    Everything a child loves, ryhmes, color and clowns. Sits (read as well;) on my childrens bookshelf right next to their Ruth Heller's collection.

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