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Emeline at the Circus by Marjorie Priceman

Emeline at the Circus

by Marjorie Priceman

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Age: Primary/Intermediate

Genre: This book was a informational book. This book, although disguised as a real story, just tells you facts about various things at the circus. There is not plot to it as the teacher just goes around explaining everything that the children see.

Setting Review: Although this is a odd setting for a informational book, it does work. There are many things that you see at the circus and thus there was much information to be provided. I thought the author did a good job at providing much information (especially for where the book was set).

Media: Pastel

Use: Use as a source for a students research project.
  GuidedbyVoices11 | Mar 7, 2012 |
Age: Primary
Genre: Informational, Fantasy
Media: Pastels
Review: This book is informational because it provides factual information about animals and the circus. It builds children's vocabulary by defining words pertaining to the circus. It is also fantasy because it has the little girl, Emeline, leave here class in the crowd and do all of the circus acts and be a part of the circus.
Character: Emeline is a flat character because we do not know anything besides the fact that she is in a second grade class. She is also static because she does not change throughout the book.
Use: Read to enjoy, learn about animals, learn about the circus ( )
  kleddy09 | Feb 28, 2012 |
Age: Primary, Intermediate
Media: Pastels

The genre of this book is realistic fiction. It is a realistic fiction book because there are real circuses and animals in the circus, but the ones in this book are not factual nor do they talk like they would in a fantasy book. ( )
  mulstad07 | Nov 24, 2010 |
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Second-grade teacher Ms. Splinter takes going to the circus very seriously. After all, there is important circus-related information that she must communicate to her class. And that means no fidgeting. Ms. Splinter's mini-dissertations on various circus animals and performers make up the text of this lively picture book: "According to the dictionary, clown comes from the Old Norse word klonne, meaning 'clumsy fellow.' Now, sit still, class, hands on laps. Let's leave the clowning to the clowns." What Ms. Splinter doesn't know (but readers do know from the pictures), is that young Emeline slips away from the class to feed peanuts to the elephant, is swooped up by the elephant's trunk, is plunked down in front of a klonne, and becomes part of the circus herself! Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman's breathtakingly gorgeous, color-soaked illustrations tell their own story as Emeline swings from a tightrope, nearly falls into a hippo's mouth, is saved by a strongman, faces off with a tiger, and kisses a monkey. Only when Emeline starts performing on the flying trapeze does Ms. Splinter catch on. "What an expert aerialist!" she cries. "What a brave little..." "EMELINE!?!" Needless to say, kids will relish the fact that Ms. Splinter is left in the dark as Emeline has her day in the sun. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Marjorie Priceman. Reproduced with permission of Alfred A. Knopf.) (Ages 5 and older, best for reading aloud) --Karin Snelson

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While her teacher Miss Splinter is lecturing her second-grade class about the exotic animals, clowns, and other performers they are watching at the circus, Emeline accidentally becomes part of the show.

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