TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS AND STILL STANDING by April Jones Prince

TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS AND STILL STANDING

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Strong rhythms and occasional full or partial rhymes give this account of P.T. Barnum’s 1884 elephant parade across the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge an incantatory tone. Catching a whiff of public concern about the new bridge’s sturdiness, Barnum seizes the moment: “’I will stage an event / that will calm every fear, erase every worry, / about that remarkable bridge. / My display will amuse, inform / and astound some. / Or else my name isn’t Barnum!’” Using a rich palette of glowing golds and browns, Roca imbues the pachyderms with a calm solidity, sending them ambling past equally solid-looking buildings and over a truly monumental bridge—which soars over a striped Big Top tent in the final scene. A stately rendition of the episode, less exuberant, but also less fictionalized, than Phil Bildner’s Twenty-One Elephants (2004), illustrated by LeUyen Pham. (author’s note, resource list) (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-44887-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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