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Two charismatic balloons boast about their their importance to the circus as they describe their responsiblity for helping clowns get laughs and save tightrope walkers from falling.
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You don't have to love the circus to enjoy this field trip. What kid wouldn't want to feed the animals, help the clowns, and generally make sure the greatest show on earth "goes on" the way it should? Nice, sort of 1950s-retro color lights up the pages as two helium balloons fill in for the reader in this pretty picture book adventure. While the pair does everything from rescuing the trapeze artist to selling hotdogs, their brief rhymes and cheery surroundings add to the fun. Imaginative line drawings add to a child's visual vocabulary, too.
[Definitely a preschool picture book.]From Kirkus Reviews:
Two balloons break free from a vendor's colorful bunch, and, in the spirit of all good runaways, head for the big top. They help the clown get laughs, water the elephants, save the trapeze artist who misses his swing, dole out popcorn to the spectators, and make the strong man look good, among other activities. Then, unexpectedly, they get blown out of the sky when the human cannonball catches them in the wrong place at the wrong time. The balloons plop to the floor. Not to worry. The vendor spots them, gives them an infusion of helium, and they rejoin their clutch of comrades. Schumaker (Dance!, 1996) keeps the story lighthearted; even the downing of the balloons provokes little concern as things seem bound to turn out right. The opening and closing pages of the book can be read or sung to ``Sing a Song of Sixpence'': ``Sing a song of circus:/The circus comes to town,/And in it are ten elephants,/six lions, and a clown,'' while in the middle of the book, the balloons narrate the adventures they hope to have. Schumaker's seven-color, hand- separated illustrations are pleasingly active yet minimal, with all the bustle expected at the circus, further energized by the swirling strings attached to the balloons. Is a sequel in the works? On the last page, the two balloons have escaped again. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152013636
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