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The Circus Comes Home
Photographs and text chronicle the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus which toured the United States until 1956, describing such acts as the Flying Wallendas and the Elephant Ballet.
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
(first published January 1st 1993)
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Magical photographs (I love the one of the elephant standing in a laundry basket) and magical prose bring the glory days of the big top circus to life and gives a peek of life behind the scenes at winter headquarters in Sarasota, FL. I have been a circus fanatic and even dreamed once of going to Clown College (yes, there is such a place). Last summer we visited the old circus winter headquarters in Baraboo, WI. Even so, I was surprised by how much I learned about the circus from this book. Watch ...more
The author grew up in Sarasota, FL where Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stationed its Winter Quarters from 1927 into the 1950s. This book is mainly a collection of incredible photos her father took of the circus during this "rehearsal and refurbishing" period of the tour, with her own childhood perception of "circus magic" (and some historical tidbits) forming the text. So simple, yet one of the best behind-the-scenes peeks into the circus I've come across. The only thing I do not ...more
Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Saraso ...moreMore about Lois Duncan...