CIRCUS PARADE by Harriet Ziefert


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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Clowns, bears, monkeys, majorettes, acrobats, bands and strong men are among the many who march when the circus parade comes through town. Rhyming couplets describe the action: “A rat-a-tat-tat, a rum-a-tee-tum . . . Sounds the beat of the first snare drum.” But the couplets are not quite rhythmic enough to truly, “Feel that rhythm? Catch the beat!”—especially when several are almost identical. Bold, bright colors on the black background of the street make the marchers jump out at the reader. But the parade is going the wrong way. Had the front of the parade been to the left, readers could have naturally followed it from beginning to end as the text described the illustration on each page. Diligent observers will also notice that the parade spectators are identical on every page, including body position and facial expression. Lois Ehlert’s Circus and Dr. Seuss’s To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street are better bets. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59354-088-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Blue Apple
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2005


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