Used to the travelling life, loving to watch the world pass her by as she tumbles and exaggerates movements and brings cheer and laughter to each town the circus visits. Seems like every time you turn around there is another creepy clown photo or tv show or movie. To view it, This is about a little girl who is in the circus as a clown with her family. The first person perspective allows the reader to get immersed in Henrietta's inner life. It would make a decent addition to a classroom library, and could be used for novel study as well, depending on the themes being studied. We pay lip service to the idea that they are the future, but we short change them. But one shocking day, life throws a pie right in her kisser - in the form of a hit-and-run accident that takes away a loved one.
Not much of a story for kids. So was everybody she lived with. Henrietta Hornbuckle is a clown in Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, and has been her whole life. Author by : Charles G. Henrietta must use all her clowning skills and a whole lot more to pick herself up and face a future full of change. Then suddenly everything changes - Henrietta learns that the circus is in danger of closing, financial problems having finally become insurmountable.
But tragedy strikes and the curtain fails to reveal the ramshackle existence and the fact that the show cannot always go on. To Henrietta, circus life is a fluid, dynamic constant in her life. Twelve-year-old Henrietta Hornbuckle and her parents perform as clowns in a tiny, ramshackle travelling circus until a family tragedy jeopardizes Henrietta's whole offbeat world. A tender tale by Michael de Guzman for young readers. Written by a young prince adroitly mixing fact and fiction, it created a storm when it was published in 1929 the author killed himself three years later at the age of 26. As the circus unfolds, it spins events towards a climactic final act that will change the lives of Abalone's residents for ever.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. As far as she is concerned, she has it better than any twelve-year-old on the planet. The writing style worked with the lifestyle of the book, at times, but not consistently - and Henrietta was a lofty, unrealistic narrator. This is a beautiful story about a 12 year old girl who is a clown with her mother and father. She loves performing as part of the act, and she is mystified by the idea of ever leaving the circus and settling down somewhere. How will she and her mother survive the loss of her father, and will Henrietta be able to survive the loss of her beloved circus life? As far as she is concerned, she has it better than any twelve-year-old on the planet. I attended Trinity School in New York City, and the University of Rhode Island, where I met my wife.
I think love, hope, romance and our imaginations are the best way to do it. Henrietta is a bold, quick thinker who, when her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident, ponders life beyond her comfort zone of clowns, striped outfits, and pie throwing fun, and the value of communal support in her grief and loss. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. She loved ice cream, but not that much. At the tender age of twelve, she has shuffled around the country playing to crowds that are dwindling everyday. I write about the world we live in, and the world inside my head. She knew that most people lived in houses or apartments.
Ixnay taught her about the machines of the world. How could that not be true? Her father, MoMo is killed in a hit-and-run accident leaving Henrietta and her mother, Hortense floundering, especially since the owner of the circus has informed everyone that they must close. It's MoMo's eternal optimism, which he's transmitted to his daughter, that keeps the circus going in the face of dwindling revenues and cultural competition; Henrietta's mother, Hortense, is getting pressure from her sister to leave the circus and settle her family down to an everyday life. She had the best life of any twelve-year-old on the planet. Used to the travelling life, loving to watch the world pass her by as she tumbles and exaggerates movements and brings cheer and laughter to each town the circus visits. Bookseller: , California, United States Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010. Henrietta's relationship with her father is enviable in its intimacy, mutual admiration, and tactful mentoring, their closeness exemplified by their joint performances wherein the two act as mirror images of each other she and her father are both four foot three or, with Henrietta upon her father's shoulders, as one person.
Henrietta is outraged and bewildered that they are leaving the life behind that her father loved so much. Most of all I believe that kids get the short end of the stick. Henrietta must use all her clowning skills and a whole lot more to pick herself up and face a future full of change. And instead of soccer practice or swim lessons, she gets to perform every night with her beloved father in their two person act. Furthermore, h Henrietta Hornbuckle is a clown in Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, and has been her whole life.
Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. Most of all I believe that kids get the short end of the stick. I grew up seeing hypocrisy pretty much everywhere I looked. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To Henrietta, circus life is a fluid, dynamic constant in her life.
Reading Level: Grades 3-6 Henrietta Hornbuckle is a clown in Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, and has been her whole life. When the tentacles of civil unrest tear the hamlet apart the tree swallows the dead and fallen friends and enemies are born again to live in peace within the majestic and benevolent tree. Used to the travelling life, loving to watch the world pass her by as she tumbles and exaggerates movements and brings cheer and laughter to each town the circus visits. The unique setting should engage elementary age readers, and there is enough emotional depth that you could have some decent discussions with students. The issues in the book the dissent between Hortense and Carlotta, for example are flat and under developed - other than Henrietta's refusal to accept anything other than circus life, the book is rather emotionless, even at its most difficult times. Then the unthinkable happens, and Henrietta's jolly life is thrust away from everything she loves. With a smooth flowing narrative voice and short chapters, the book pulls the reader quickly into Henrietta's world.