The old tent circuses are nearing extinction in this country, but the sawdust still appeals to children and paging through this book is a lot more fun than watching the canned TV versions. The full page illustrations and very short text give a pole by pole, rope by rope, description of how the big top gets there, how the rest of the circus is assembled (with special emphasis on the animals), and how it all gets folded back up again. The brown and white pictures look sketchy but actually show all the constructional details quite clearly and they have the feel of putting you right on the scene. Attractive and right to the point for anyone who wants to know how it all got there. Good show.