Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hector Goes to the Circus. Written by Geraldine MacLean. Illustrated by N. Donovan
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Hector Goes to the Circus:
This book takes inspiration from every other book where one of the family farm animals was about to be sold or done away with, and someone comes along to save the day. This New Mexico Author uses the inspiration in a fine, comical way. For instance, even though this story is familiar, whoever heard of a pig ending up in a circus, which makes this a unique read amongst it's peers.
The most humerous part is the decision-making process that the farmer goes through when trying to decide what to do with his wife's prized animal. Being from a rural, farming area, I can identify with the backwards ways of a pipe-stem farmer. The illustrations are very appropriate and fun, and correctly register the comic factor contained herein. One of the things that I love about children's books is that it doesn't take much writing or time to reinforce a positive idea in your youngling. In this one, the subliminal idea is this: many potential negative outcomes can also have potential positive or happy outcomes. If you are looking for a book that will both do this and illicit a laugh and a smile from your child, please purchase this paperback. Available at the link to the right. It also contains a happy coloring book at the end!
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