Grade 5-8–The image of Weary Willie, the clown who "couldn't make that spotlight disappear," is symbolic of the life of his creator, Emmett Kelly. The man who performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was born on a farm in Kansas in 1898 and grew up with dreams of becoming an artist. In spite of his failure to obtain work in the field of art, Kelly used his creativity to invent a clown who embodied both the sadness and joy of life, reminding people of their own lives. Wilkerson's writing is direct, readable, and engaging. Woven throughout the well-organized text are brief historical vignettes that aid readers' comprehension of events in Kelly's life. Black-and-white illustrations and photos add authenticity to the text. This book offers the life story of an ordinary person made extraordinary by events and personal choices.–Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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