Ernest and Celestine go to the circus where Ernest was once a clown and take part in the show.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
PreSchool-Grade 1-- Celestine (a little mouse) gently nags Ernest (a huge lumbering bear) until he abandons his chores and takes her to the circus, where he used to perform as a clown. There, Celestine shyly joins him in the center ring, and together they become the toast of the bigtop. Like Vincent's other titles about these quietly endearing characters, this is a warm and gentle vignette from the daily life of two caring friends. As usual, Vincent's black-line sketches fill their frames with movement, while the pale, sepia-toned washes give a homey, old-fashioned feeling to the story. Occasional touches of pale pink, blue, and red add a welcome note of contrast. Although undetailed, the characters' faces are remarkably expressive. Celestine's figure is especially well rendered, with postures that speak sulkiness, shyness, embarassment, and exuberance. The illustrations move the story along admirably. In fact, the story works better without words. The textual story, written as a dialogue between the two characters, reads like a gracelessly literal translation and becomes an impediment to the enjoyment of the stronger visual story going on above. Despite the problems with the text, though, the strength of these books and the reason for their continuing popularity is obvious in the display of gentleness and warmth between Ernest, the grown-up; and Celestine, the child. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Lib . Dist . , Gainesville, FL
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688086845
Book Description Greenwillow, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0688086845