Monday, July 20, 2009


It's Non-Fiction Monday!
My six year old daughter is looking forward to circus camp in 2 weeks, when she visits her grandmother in Florida. In the meantime, we checked out this book from the library and can't wait to go to the Whitney Museum of American Art to see Calder's circus this week.

Sandy's Circus by Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Viking 2008
Ages 4 - 10

What a playful way to introduce such an important American artist to children! Tanya Lee Stone has taken an early time in the life of one of the world's greatest sculptors and successfully brought him to life in Sandy's Circus. The colorful drawings by Boris Kulikov exude happiness with a smile on almost every two-page spread. Not only is this book the true story of Alexander Calder, but it also conveys the happiness that creativity and following one's heart can bring. I highly recommend this story for every child, not only art and circus lovers.


  1. I couldn't agree more. I gave it to my 18 year old daughter for Christmas. She loves art but is planning to major in math. I'm hoping she this story in mind and follows both paths to a career that brings her joy. Perfect biography for younger children, but it's a book that will appeal to all ages and make a great gift book for an adult in your life. I envy you the museum trip.

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