The Circus Ship

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

Odd shipwreck tale comes on a little strong.

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Based on 10 reviews

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age 2+

Great book for kids who like animals

We bought this for our five year old, and while he enjoys it, our 2 year absolutely loves it. He loves to point out and name the animals (if only we knew the right name for the horned deer in the menagerie). It’s so well written and illustrated that the adults don’t mind reading it 1-2 times a day over the weeks we’ve owned it. Even our 10 year old will pay attention while we read it. I highly recommend this book. It’s one of the best we’ve found recently.

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age 4+

Not violent at all!

My kids love Chris Van Dusen books and I love reading them aloud. They have a great rhythm to them. I disagree with the review calling this book too violent. The beginning of the books does not reference drowning at all. No, the animals are not saved by the circus owner, but they swim to shore. Also the child being in a fire is obviously illustrated to reference a ring of fire like you'd see the tigers jump through at the circus. My kids were not scared at all by this book. The message of the book is seeing the good in the animals and how the townsfolk go on to protect them.

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