Circus Week, Day 2

Some nonfiction books about circuses for kids!

All of these came courtesy of our local library.

Who Walks the Tightrope? Working at a Circus by Mary Meinking.  Chicago: Raintree, 2011.
The Circus Comes Home: When the Greatest Show on Earth Rode the Rails by Lois Duncan.  Photographs by Joseph Janney Steinmetz.  New York: Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1993.

Circus: An Album by Linda Granfield.  New York: DK Publishing, 1998.

More after the jump...

Here are photos from the first book, Who Walks the Tightrope?.  I checked this book out with Little Sis in mind.  She wants to dress like a tightrope walker for the party.  Her daddy is making her a low balance beam to use as her rope.  The book is really about all types of circus jobs.

 My favorite of the three books is the second, The Circus Comes Home.  Joseph Janney Steinmetz was a professional photographer in Sarasota, Florida, the winter headquarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The illustrations are wonderful vintage photographs from the '40s.  Lois Duncan, by the way, is his daughter.

Raising the big top.  

Okay, allow me a moment to geek out.  The photo above is of the Doll Family:  Daisy, Tiny, Gracie, and Harry.  Harry Earles co-starred with Lon Chaney in both the silent and sound version of The Unholy Three.  He and Daisy co-starred in Tod Browning's 1932 cult film Freaks.  He also played one of the Lollipop Guild boys in The Wizard of Oz.  All of the Doll Family appeared as Munchkins in that film, in fact, as well as appearing in several other films of the time.

The Flying Wallendas!

Emmett Kelly, born in Kansas!

These photographs are of the third book, Circus: An Album.

The Flying Wallendas again!

Famous cat acts.

A bit about sideshows:  pictures are Baby Betty, Anna Swan, and Chang and Eng.

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  1. The page about the different types of clowns reminds me of Cam from Modern Family - LOL. :)

  2. Lois Duncan. that's my big take away, I can't think of anything else! I LOVE LOIS DUNCAN SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! Love love LOVE me my Lois Duncan books! oh, your clown books are also very nice. AND TERRIFYING!! tee hee :)

    1. Aaaawwww, I love clowns! I am going to do a post on grown-up circusy stuff later in the week, though. Beware....

    2. Poltergeist the movie ruined clowns for me. :)

    3. Poltergeist is one of my all-time favorite movies. Even if I was way too young the first time I saw it, and had the biggest closet in the house.


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