Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear

This week we tackled another FIAR book – Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk. It worked beautifully with our first ever circus visit. While both of us didn’t care much for sepia-toned illustrations, the story itself is wonderful and very optimistic. The only point that I didn’t like is that the job of a circus dancer is apparently a lot more fulfilling and happiness-inducing than a role of a hospital helper. I give this book extra points for mentioning my own city of birth (no, it’s not Moscow :))

Miss Bindergarten Circus

Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten by Joseph Slate/Ashley Wolff has combined nicely two major themes of the week – a circus and a kindergarten. Unfortunately, the story didn’t hold Anna’s attention, but she is not very interested in alphabet-based books lately. I was hoping that she might be interested to try some of the circus numbers herself, but they were a bit exaggerated in the story. She was, however, fascinated with a picture of someone “lifting a ton” and pointed out that he is actually lifting two tons.

If I Ran the Circus

If I Ran the Circus is a typical Dr Seuss book. I almost twisted my tongue for real reading some of the pages. Anna, however, is in a sensitive period for language fun, and she really enjoyed this book. I saw her rereading the story and studying illustrations several times. I liked the story better than If I Ran the Zoo, because the main character cleverly incorporates someone else in his daydreaming, and those pages are really funny for adults (well, at least they are funny for me).

Annie Anya

My last recommendations to extend a circus theme is to read Peter Spier’s Circus, but I already wrote about this wonderful book twice. So instead I will give you an extension for Russia – Annie… Anya: A Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas. Unfortunately, this book is out of print, but it’s a good story set in relatively modern Russia (more Russia of my youth) and it has a lot of Russian words woven into a story. For other suggestions on Russian theme, check out my guest post at Mama Smiles.

14 comments:

Sherri said...

These all look like great books!

April said...

Are there lots of circuses in Russia? Or did you just seek out books that incorporated both Russia and circuses?

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

These books look great! I didn't realize there was a Miss Bindergarten book about a circus. I like the sounds of the Annie...Anya story. I might look for that one.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I admit, I'm not the biggest circus fan (well, Barnum-style circus, I do like the acrobatic, theatrical circus), but these books look interesting.

Ticia said...

What great book suggestions. It's a shame she doesn't really care for Miss Bindergarten.

MaryAnne said...

We need to look for Annie... Anya - it looks like an excellent book!

Lovingmama said...

Thank you for the Russian book suggestion and link to the other post. We are always looking for books in English to ad to our Russian collection (We teach our kids Russian at home)

Christy said...

The books sound great. We have read If I Ran the Circus, but not any of the others. We have also read a few Miss Bindergarten books, but not that one.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If you come across any good picture books that your husband thinks are good for modern day Germany - I'd love to know about those, too! This was our week of unfinished books - so nothing to link up :(

Debbie said...

These look like great books, though I am not a huge fan of circus.

Julie said...

Fun books this week. We have Put Me in the Zoo but I don't think we've read If I Ran the Circus. At least I don't remember it. I'll have to look for it at the library next time. The kids love Dr. Seuss.

hey said...

I like the variety of books in your selection. Both the stories and the illustration styles.

P.S. LOOOOOVED "Put Me In The Zoo" when I was a child!

jeannine:
http://waddleeahchaa.com/

Jackie H. said...

What a lot of fun circus books. I love how you tied in kindergarten and geography as well. I'll have to look for the Anna.. Anya book, my 80 year old Grandma takes Russian lessons. Maybe she could help me read it to the kids. She'd love that. She always wants to practice her Russian and sadly has no one to practice on... unless she travels ;)

none said...

I enjoy your posts very much. I wonder if you are reading FIAR books from the list or if you own the FIAR curriculum and do he five-in-a row activities. Thanks again!