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Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder Hardcover – September 4, 2008
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As the number of figures grew to fill five suitcases, the popularity of Cirque Calder also grew and helped to establish Sandy's reputation as an innovative and talented artist. He later invented the mobile (a sculpture made with wire that gently spins in the air), a popular art form that hangs over baby cribs around the world. Sandy's Circus is a well-researched book that will find appeal among adults and children for its interesting story and dramatic illustrations. Mixed into this snapshot of Alexander Calder's life are some important economics lessons related to innovation and human resources. This valuable book will add nicely to any collection of children's books with substantive content and an entertaining story.
Alexander "Sandy" Calder really was born to be an artist and when he was hired by a newspaper to draw the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus he was hooked. By 1926 he could be found on the streets of Paris with "a roll of wire around his shoulder and a pair of pliers in his pocket." He was adept at twisting wire into astonishing portraits of his friends. The circus was probably still in the back of his mind when he created a "little wire lion." It was the start of a special circus that would cross the ocean and back many times. For a man who didn't think he was an artist, he would one day wow the world. Showtime!
This was a wonderful portrait of a man that didn't seem to realize or acknowledge that he had a very unique and wonderful talent. I loved the easy flow of the story and the happy aura surrounding it. The artwork was vibrant, exciting and complimented the story perfectly. In the back of the book is a brief story about how the author became captivated by and "met" Sandy's circus in a chance encounter on a Sunday drive. There is a photograph of him at work in the back of the book. This is a Vermont Red Clover Award nominee for the 2009-10 school year. This book is one that will appeal to both child and adult alike!
Well, most of us know a version of him, right? And the great thing is, he succeeded, earned world-wide respect for his original "impossible" creations. There is no "message," but I love that this passionate, generous, weird, nerdy genius sticks to his vision and succeeds grandly. How not to like?
A fun read aloud to share with your kiddos or a classroom full of them, especially if you let them loose to make their own creations afterward.
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Very cute way to learn about Calder for young art students. I enjoyed reading this to my class and tying it in to one of our art lessons using pipe cleaners.Published 9 months ago by pdavis
Great way for kids to learn about Alexander Calder. I teach art and always use this book for K-5 students.Published 13 months ago by Kayron
A great book to read when teaching my students about machines.
This is about sculptures that move.
This brings Alexander Caldwell right into a child's world.Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth L. Arseneau
I bought this book as a gift for a friend who is named Sandy. We were visiting a Calder exhibit as part of her birthday
celebration. This book was the icing on the cake.