Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder", by Tanya Lee Stone

I love books that talk about a famous person's humble beginnings in a way that kids can understand. Most know Alexander Calder's art to be important in the 20th Century museum context, but how many know that he invented the mobile, and "stabiles" (enormous metal sculptures)? Likewise, that he rose to fame by creating and exhibiting a traveling miniature, metal 3-D circus of working, moving "children's theatre" that was appreciated by both children and adults alike? Great colorful illustrations with movement and detail - perfect for booktalking.

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