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Circus Girl Hardcover – October 15, 2002
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About the Author
Jack Sendak began writing at a very early age, collaborating with his brother Maurice in writing, illustrating, and binding their own story books, which they then lent out to family and friends. His love for books grew out of the bedtime foltakes his father, Philip, told every evening. Reviewers called Jack Sendak's books humorous, magical, and mysterious.
Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop! and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.
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I thought I gave this book to my daughter who is a circus performer as is rest of family, years ago. Only when Maurice Sendak died was I reminded. Ordered Jack's book immediately, sent it off to my daughter who is recovering from surgery. I love the book and so did she of course.
The illustrations and the story itself are quite charming and unforgettable.
Thank you for making it available from Amazon (my favorite retail merchant - just wish the economy would upswing itself). So I can purchase some much needed items from you!
Jack is busy turning the tables, putting the shoe on the other foot, and showing us the world from the far side. Inverting perspective is easier for children than the ossified imagination of most grown-ups. But Jack knew that these inversions are healthy for children -- both fun and instructive, they limber the brain for taking in as much as can be. So many children's books are hammering home some point. This one unfurls the sails.
For example, it is Flora, the performer, who dreams about the people in the audience at night rather then they of her. It is she who "runs away" sort of, to join -- the regular folk. Jack plays wit dreams within dreams, or what seems as what happens awake. We are not quite sure. I tried hard to trace my way back to see how he had gotten us there, or is it here?
Somehow he nets the ineluctable. When Flora tells Lion that, when she was even younger, she had thought the audience turned into purple smoke every night, after the show. Imagine how prominent the tobacco smoke was in those quiet, empty tents fifty years ago. Then the people are reconstituted for the next show. This perception rings true for children of a certain tender age. All makes a story for reading aloud and having some conversation.
I gave four stars only in comparison with The Happy Rain. Otherwise it is six stars in a drab world of trying too hard to be "educational" or worse, to be a good little consumer-in-training. This is a book for meeting your child and being amazed at what happens next.