Recipient of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Chris Van Dusen has made a name for himself as an acclaimed author and illustrator. In The Circus Ship, a very special craft is carrying all manner of circus animals. But when it nearly sinks, out spill all the animals. Luckily, they make it to a nearby island. And there they happily settle in-- until the mean old circus owner tries to round them up.
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by Kate Banks
by Brenda Seabrooke
by David Ezra Stein
by Philip C. Stead
by Artie Bennett
by Dean Hale
by Lois Ehlert
"This poem-tale, inspired by a real-life incident, will have kids listening intently for the author's rollicking rhymes and fun wordplay and focusing on the plot: What will become of the 15 circus animals whose steamship to Boston is shipwrecked on an isle off the Maine coast? Andrew Watts uses his deep voice to enhance the author's rhyme scheme; lingering lightly over alliteration, he sketches the voices of worried crew members, surprised islanders, and the evil circus master. This fun production concludes with an author's note on the actual event that sparked this story: In 1836 a steamer traveling to Portland, Maine, with an entire circus aboard ran into a gale off the island of Vinalhaven. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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