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Children's LiteratureThis is a rhyming picture book with animal characters, but there is also a story that works well. Poppy longs to walk the high-wire at the circus. While the other pigs wallow in the mud, Poppy practices along the fences and "never thought of falling." She gets her break when she sees a flyer calling for volunteers to come and train for the circus. Poppy answers the call, confidently stepping forward to assure the circus master that she knows her craft and needs no training. Poppy the pig steps out on the high-wire and promptly falls off. Zig, the circus master, tells Poppy not to be ashamed. Poppy realizes she has to practice before she can succeed. Assisted by encouraging e-mails from her mother, Poppy practices and falls repeatedly. Eventually her hard work pays off and the reader learns that it takes a lot of effort and determination to succeed. Poppy also carries the message that it is okay to make mistakes. Bright illustrations of Poppy and all the animals at the circus, along with several illustrations of Poppy's dejected face, tell the story in pictures to young readers. 2006, Sterling, Ages 4 to 7.