Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

When their ship sinks, fifteen circus animals find refuge on an island off the coast of Maine. The tiger's daring rescue of an islander cements the animals' worth to the other inhabitants. They live in harmony as friends--people and circus animals.

What I thought: Delightful! The story is wonderful. The text has such great rhythm. The illustrations are beautiful--so detailed and colorful. My favorite spreads are of the animals hiding and the animals living as friends with the islanders.

Story Time Themes: Circus, Friendship, Ships/Boats

(Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2009)

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