CIRCUS TIME! by Conne & Joanna Kuhn Klayer


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How to put on your own playground or backyard circus, from making posters or invitations to taking the last bow. The circus will need an opening parade (use pot lids, toy drums, and harmonicas for the marching band); the band, ringmaster, and peanut and popcorn venders will need hats (directions for paper ones are given); the jugglers and muscle man Will need a few tricks (glue, for example, or a cardboard ""steel rod"") to make it look like they are really performing feats; and the clowns of course will need make-up, costumes, and a few simple skits. Kids can be lions, elephants, seals, and ""Bernie and his Bebop Bears"" with the appropriate cloth or paper costumes; and Vera the snake charmer can make her own snake. As for the daredevils, ""ask your friends what special gynmastic stunts they can perform."" Nothing spectacular--but the authors have worked with kids' productions and their ideas are properly scaled, pleasantly flexible, and bright enough to generate enthusiasm.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1979
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard