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The Day the Circus Came to Town Hardcover – 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; First Edition edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158134158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581341584
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 23.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,708,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great guidance book regarding peer pressure! July 19 2000
By George Swan - Published on
In, The Day the Circus Came to Town, accomplished author, Melody Carlson captures the true spirit of a young boy who is old enough to make decisions for himself. As it is in every day life, he has to struggle between following his heart and mind or being swayed by the influence of his "bully" friend. Billy takes the council of his friend and tries to convince himself that the circus is really for sissies.
After his family leaves for the circus, Billy walks around town and finds that everyone has gone too. Having regretted turning down two tickets in one day, he finds himself outside the circus tent wishing he was also inside with the others. He almost misses seeing his very first circus, just because he makes a bad decision. This is a great story for teaching a life-lesson.
Ned Butterfield, artist, does an excellent job on the illustrations. He has a unique ability to capture the mood and atmosphere of those early circus days in his drawings. The book is beautifully done.
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wonderful story and illustrations Nov. 19 2013
By Catherine Ball - Published on
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My 6 and 8 year old children loved this story as much as I did! The illustrations were so lovely!
It does give a good lesson for children on the folly of making decisions ... Aug. 20 2014
By Inkwell - Published on
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I wasn't prepared for the underlying religious message, though it doesn't necessarily make this a religious story. It does give a good lesson for children on the folly of making decisions based on the choices of one's peers. The illustrations are excellent, evoking the excitement of a circus arriving in a small town over a hundred years ago.

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