CIRCUS DREAMS by Kathleen Cushman

CIRCUS DREAMS

The Making of a Circus Artist
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A mother-daughter collaboration based on the daughter's first year at a French circus-training school, where she trained as a trapeze artist. Montana, 18, postponed college to study as the first American ever accepted at the National Center for Circus Arts. The book explores her experiences and emotions, including feelings of loneliness and self-doubt as she faces decisions about her future. Along the way, the authors give a detailed view of the school's educational process and some information on the background, talents, and personalities of those involved. In a smooth, introspective, third-person narrative, Montana's letters and journals are combined with Cushman's observations and interviews. The b&w photos are uneven in quality, don't always illustrate adjacent text, and are confusingly captioned in the first person. Among the people presented, only Montana's personality comes through clearly. An esoteric title for older children with a strong interest in the performing arts.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 0-316-16561-1
Page count: 90pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2000




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