The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee

The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2021. 9781534446212

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Picture books

What did you like about the book?  A wonderfully illustrated, wordless tale of a farmer and his circus family.  This is the third story in the series, which also includes The Farmer and the Clown and The Farmer and the Monkey.  The story opens with the little clown not wanting to dress like a clown; he wants to dress like the farmer.  He sets out to farm the land and picnic with his monkey friend.   At the end of the day you see the mama clown, little clown, and monkey all laying together gazing at the wondrous stars.   The next day as they prepare for the circus show, the farmer appears full of hugs for the little clown and monkey.  They introduce him to the mama clown and entertain him with juggling and playing instruments into the evening.  The next day the farmer arrives with flowers and he and mama clown entertain the little clown and monkey all through the day and into the evening.  As the stars shine bright they all fall asleep on the farmer.  The following day the little family leaves the circus and heads to the farmer’s home to be together.

Anything you did not like about the book. No

To whom would you recommend this book? A sweet story to share with young readers to support their literacy skills for focusing on the pictures, imagination, and storytelling abilities.  And for anyone who has read the prior two picture books in the series.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, elementary schools, home and public libraries.  

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Julie Durmis, L.G. Nourse Elementary School, Norton, Massachusetts

Date of review: August 24, 2021

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