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Peter Spier's Circus!

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The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the big top.

A traveling circus arrives, sets up its village of tents, performs for the crowd, and then moves on again.

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Overview

The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the big top.

A traveling circus arrives, sets up its village of tents, performs for the crowd, and then moves on again.

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"A treat!" — Kirkus Reviews

"This premier illustrator offers a glorious new treat....children will undoubtedly want to pore over it." — School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW's starred review, ``Caldecott winner Spier not only spotlights a sensational circus extravaganza, but also examines its many elaborate components.'' Ages 5-9. June
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- In the spirit of Peter Spier's Rain 1982 and Peter Spier's Christmas 1983, both Doubleday, this premier illustrator offers a glorious new treat. As the Circus McNulty rolls into town, readers see an empty field transformed into a miniature village, with a one-room school housed in a trailer truck; a vet who checks all the animals before the performance; and an international troupe of trainers, clowns, and acrobats. After the players have been introduced, it's showtime: trick riders; trained seals, bears and lions; plate spinners; and the human cannonball. Even the intermission has its joys. ``But all good things must come to an end . . . '' As the cars slowly bump their way out, the cleanup crew is hard at work; and six hours later the field is left once again to the rabbits. The focus here is on the pictures, of course, with the breezy text serving more as captions than story. Spier's familiar blues and greens are used to great effect in the moonlit double spreads of the elephants parading to and from the train, and bright splashes of red and yellow in smaller, cartoon pictures that break up the pages. He has a sharp eye for the kind of detail young readers like. Better suited for individual reading than for storytimes, this will be a great addition to the always-sparse selection of circus books, and children will undoubtedly want to pore over it. Buy lots--you'll need them! --Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440409359
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Picture Yearling Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 237,341
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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