Friday, February 8, 2008

The Circus Baby

The Circus Baby
Maud and Miska Petersham
Macmillian Publishing Co., 1950

Like there aren't enough weepy-eyed baby elephants in the world, the tear on the cheek of this wee tot wins you over from the very first page. Baby and his mother are circus elephants who love hanging out with the Clown Family. But when Mommy Elephant tries to get Baby Elephant to emulate the Clown Family's table manners, havoc ensues.

Mother Elephant coaxed him to try once more.
He put his foot out to hold the bowl.
The bowl tipped and clattered off the table.
Then Mr. Clown's stool gave a loud creak
and split into pieces.
The Baby Elephant went tumbling to the floor.

From the folks who brought us the Caldecott Medal-winning The Rooster Crows, the illustrations are wonderful, right down to the fuzzy hair sticking up on the baby's back. I particularly love the black, grey, yellow and red tones... especially the fragile tufts of red on the inside of each elephant's mouth. Soooo dainty.

Also by:
The Box With Red Wheels
Nursery Friends from France

1 comment:

Chandra said...

Just came across this one in a used book store yesterday! So incredibly precious - had to grab it up! Amazing that the illustrations can be so emotive with such a limited pallette.

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