From Publishers Weekly
PW's starred review said, "Circus buffs of all ages will be riveted to the pages of this nonfiction adventure, which traces the evolution of the circus from ancient Egypt to today's modern extravaganzas." Ages 8-12.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8?Did you know that the average person in a Middle Ages community saw no more than 100 people in his/her lifetime? No wonder there was such a stir when the circus came to town. And the circus that came to town in the Middle Ages could trace its history back to 2400 B.C. These are just a few of the details packed into this thorough and readable book. It's visually exciting, with lots of sidebars, full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions, circus posters, and newspaper headlines to hold readers' attention. The text is factual and complete but not overwhelming. Anecdotes about performers and promoters are interspersed with facts about such aspects of circus life as the calliope and computer software. Granfield looks at the future of the circus as well as the role various countries and cultures have played in its history. This is an excellent choice for reports and for general interest. Students who consult it for research will probably end up reading it from cover to cover.?Edith Ching, Parrott Library, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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