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Sidewalk Circus

by Paul Fleischman, Kevin Hawkes

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"Sidewalk Circus" features a young viewer sitting on a sidewalk bench watching all of the work going on in her city. Most people do not see construction workers and food vendors and envision a circus act. When this young girl looks at the leader of the construction crew holding a blue print, she sees a ring leader. In the shadows, the blue print becomes a mega phone and his hat becomes a huge circus top hat. Using no words, a complete circus act is portrayed. This is my favorite book of the entire semester. It is amazing how people can view so many things differently. Imagination plays a major role in the theme. In the shadows we are able to see flame catchers, the strongest man alive, tight rope walkers, and a juggler. ( )
  jmistret | Mar 9, 2016 |
A pretty picture Brookfield with a child's imaginings of the circus. It doesn't take much to spark a creative thought as a little girl looks around her while waiting for the bus. Cleverly, the artists use shadows to show what the child is seeing, sparking a see-and-tell story, rather than a printed one. ( )
  Ermina | Feb 25, 2016 |
This wordless story is about exactly what it sounds like- a sidewalk circus. Regular people were being assembled into the circus. There was a dentist and his patient being advertised as sword swallowers and cooks being advertised as jugglers. With the right advertisement placement, anyone can be a part of a circus.
  bcelaya | Nov 15, 2015 |
Sidewalk Circus is a great wordless picture book that I enjoyed a lot. The illustrations were of course one of the reasons I enjoyed the book. They really depicted the city streets in a vibrant way. There is also great use of juxtaposition in the pictures. For example, on one of the pages the circus man is putting up a poster of a man juggling. Meanwhile in the window next door, a woman is inside juggling pancakes on the stove. The characters were also well depicted. I could imagine seeing every one of them walking down the streets of Baltimore City in the 1950's. The books main idea was imaginative thinking. It made the reader think about how life is really just an everyday circus. ( )
  rking17 | Oct 1, 2015 |
Sidewalk circus is a great historical fiction. Between the element of story and the beautiful illustrations, this book is sure to capture the reader's attention. The common theme or focus of this book is all centered around an upcoming circus in town. As bystanders sit on nearby benches and take in their surroundings, it seems as though the circus has already begun. Construction workers that walk on high support beams of a unfinished building, hint at a person who might be walking a tight rope act at a circus. Furthermore, the illustrations are not only just colorful, but very detailed. The faces of worried characters are presented with bright red faces which allow the viewer to understand the severity of ensuing consequences. Sidewalk Circus presents the reader with one direction and quickly builds on an idea that may not have been inferred in the beginning. ( )
  Cdavie3 | Oct 1, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076362795X, Paperback)

"This delightful book will fascinate children and help them to see their world with new eyes." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up and witness an astounding assemblage of tightrope walkers, strong men, sword swallowers, and clowns. The Garibaldi Circus is coming soon, but for those with clear eyes, the performers may already be in the ring. So get ready to sharpen your vision and look very closely -- a show like you’ve never seen is about to begin! The creators of WESLANDIA are back in the spotlight with a spectacular, wordless picture book that shows the transformative power of imagination.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:01 -0400)

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A young girl watches as the activities across the street from her bus stop become a circus.

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Editions: 0763611077, 076362795X

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