SOPHIE THE CIRCUS PRINCESS by Stig Claesson

SOPHIE THE CIRCUS PRINCESS

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A stunt rider of horses in a circus, Sophie is wooed and won by a flashy gent posing as the prince of Pomerania. After a brief interlude of happiness, her love is arrested for impersonation and condemned to hard labor in a stone quarry. Sophie returns to her native land, ``at the end of the world where the sun goes down,'' where she buys a house, a cow, and a clutch of hens. Years later, the ersatz princeling reappears. Sophie gives a command performance atop her cow--balancing, dancing, but no flips as she has grown too old for that. They live happily ever after. Understatement is Claesson's key to success. The prince might be a rascal, but he is true to his love; Sophie's not embittered, but has an angle on her fate and knows what's to come. The only downside is the narrator's presence, which seems superfluous and provides a pat finish, rushed and incidental to the story line. Henstra's watercolors give the characters a genuine warmth, or, in the case of the Gestapo-types who come to arrest the prince, a suitable sinisterness. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-671-87008-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1995




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