“The circus is bursting with amazing sights and sounds, from clowns and elephants to a lady with a beard, in The Circus Thief, a delightfully nostalgic tale of compassion, kindness, and generosity.” ―Foreword Clarion Reviews
“Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Published: November 6th, 2018Illustrator: Lauren Gallegos
The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show―Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bolts with Georgie on her back, Papa must come to his rescue.
The Circus Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.
Top 10 ways to make children read
2. For picture books, make the illustrations eye-catching and heart-tugging. The pictures tell much of the story for younger kids, so they have to capture the heart of the characters.
3. Make the story exciting enough to get them to want to turn the pages. That means giving the character a problem that can be solved in a very short time since we only have 32 pages!
4. The best way to get a child to read, is to spend a lot of time reading together. That means one on one time, snuggled up, with only a book for a distraction.
5. Always have a fresh stack of books alongside the old favorites. Kids will reread the same book they love, but its good to have fresh stories to create new favorites.
6. Because reading levels change all the time, be sure to be adding in more challenging stories that they can sink their teeth into.
7. Carve out a regular time for reading together. Whether its bedtime, or snack time. Try to be consistent.
8. Don’t rush reading time! Don’t make it a “just one more thing we have to do”. It is the single most important activity you can do together, so treat it as a sacred time.
9. Do pick out books kids are going to like. They don’t all have to be classics. A good Captain Underpants story can really make things fun!
10. Try to connect books to real-life experiences. Read The Circus Thief then make a plan to go to the circus!
About the author:
Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
I have not been to the circus in at least 20 years.
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