A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows elements of a traveling cricus -- the clowns camping for the night, erecting a big tent for their performance and bringing in paying customers, animals kept in cages and trained to perform, clowns practicing juggling and stilt-walking.
You can learn a lot from people who are different from you. You can make new friends and even fall in love when you least expect it.
Positive Role Models
All the characters are friendly, fun-loving, open-minded, willing to make new friends and try new things. The characters learn from one another -- how to juggle, play music, share, and cooperate. The main human characters are presumed White. There's some diversity among the clown families and folks who come to see the circus perfromance, given the variety of skin color and hair types.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marla Frazee's The Farmer and the Circus is the third and final book in a worldless trilogy about an isolated farmer who encounters some unusual visitors from a traveling circus. In Book 1, a little boy clown comes to his farm, then in Book 2, a monkey from the same circus train arrives. Here in Book 3, the farmer goes to the circus and meets a very special clown, who appears to be the mom of the little boy clown who wandered into his farm from the circus train. The classic-looking art is wonderful, as always, and there are lots of charming moments to follow and describe as the story progresses.
Is It Any Good?
This charming finale wraps up the series and pivots from a freindship tale into a love story. It's a sweet, unexpected development that's as easy to go along with as a farmer getting out of his comfort zone to befriend a lost little boy clown and later his rambunctious monkey. Kids will have fun narrating the story themsleves as they follow each development in the relationships through pictures alone.
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