Friday, July 25, 2008

Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone

Stone, Tanya Lee Sandy’s Circus, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Viking (Penguin), 2008. Alexander Calder always had a talent for creating fun out of bits and bobs of wire, wood and fabric. During his time in Paris he creates a tiny, fantastic circus that he uses to perform highly intricate entertainments which grow larger and more involved as time goes on. This peek into the life of Calder, the creator of the mobile, is full of fantastic drawings; as just a picture book it works just fine. The only thing I wish is that there were actual photographs of Calder and his creations in order to connect the text to the life behind it. EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy Mitchell – Library-Teacher

2 comments:

Tanya Lee Stone said...

Hi--thanks for the review! I just wanted to let you know that there will be a teacher/librarian guide available for this book soon that will offer many ways to use the book and make curriculum tie-ins. We did get one wonderful photograph in at the end of the book, but there wasn't any more room available since it's a picture book. The guide will be available as a free download on my website and at Penguin's! Thanks again, Tanya Lee Stone

Cindy Mitchell said...

Hi Tnya - Definitely check back with us when the discussion guide is posted and ready. I'd loved to add a link to it. -Cindy