COUNTRY FAIR by Gail Gibbons


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Gibbons (Spiders, 1993, etc.) cobbles together a host of country fairs -- fun fairs and harvest fairs, art fairs and antique fairs -- into one great megafair in this introduction to the countryside's most enduring, good-time institution. We are walked down the midway, are tempted by food, stand in line for rides, judge the best pig call, cheer a tractor pull, and spin a do-si-do. The last page wraps the story up with a brief history of fairs. The big problem here is the language. There are times when it seems Gibbons confuses woodenness with directness, grinding simplicity for ease of understanding. The unintentional message is that the reader's imagination is not to be trusted. For kids who can't get to the country fair, this book may have to suffice. But since there are more than 2,000 annual fairs in the United States, the best introduction is for them to go and visit one.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1994
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Little, Brown"