The circus has come to town and Elizabeth Rose and her family of circus performers are about to parade down to the Big Top. Who will lead the parade? Why, Elizabeth Rose, of course. While the clown's nose is shiny and the acrobats are thrilling, no one quite compares to Elizabeth Rose. Her performance is a celebration of the simple pleasures of childhood, turning cartwheels, walking on tin can stilts and learning to juggle. Elizabeth Rose is a sweet, fun loving young girl, and I have no doubt that readers will adore her as much as we do.
Elizabeth Rose on Parade is the follow up of I love you 5 Lollipops by Jaquelyn Muller and illustrated by Kathryn Zammit. The short rhyming sentences, all rhyming with rose, make this a pleasure to read aloud and is perfect for ages 3 years and over. Kathryn Zammit's illustrations are just adorable and the colourful images will certainly appeal to young circus fans. We also had lots of fun searching for the hidden lollipops.
You can find out more about Jaquelyn Muller via her website, where you can also purchase signed copies of her books. You can also find Elizabeth Rose on Parade in selected bookstores.
Author: Jaquelyn Muller
Illustrator: Kathryn Zammit
Publisher: Jaquelyn Muller Books
Publication Date: October 2014
After reading Elizabeth Rose on Parade we were inspired to create our own little circus. We went outside and practised turning cartwheels for a while. Can I just say it has been a very long time since I turned a cartwheel and after demonstrating them for Emily I can guarantee that it will be even longer before I turn any more!
After a little exercise, the usual request from Emily arrived: "Mummy can we do some crafting!" So we decided to create our own Big Top using paper plates.
I thought a paper plate would make a great base for a circus tent and they were super easy to make.
All you need to create a circus tent is:
- 1 paper plate
- sticky tape
- tooth pick (for a flag pole)
- red paint
- paint brush
Cut you paper plate into sections as outlined in the photograph below:
Then paint your paper plate pieces with stripes, like a circus tent. Once the paint is dry, use sticky tape to attach all the pieces.
Here is Emily's finished circus tent. She went for a swirls rather than stripes.
Here is James' finished circus tent:
They were so easy to make. Now we had the Big Top, we had to create our own circus. We added the paper plate circus tent to a large piece of butchers paper, which Emily then decorated using oil pastels to create a circus backdrop.
Emily liked using the illustrations in the book as inspiration for her own circus drawings and here is her finished product. You will notice she created a dark sky over the circus tent (and it even has rain).
She wanted her backdrop to look like the last page of the book, with it's dark cloudy sky.
Earlier in the year Emily was given a circus Duplo set which was a perfect addition to her circus backdrop and ideal for some imaginative play. She happily played with her circus friends all afternoon.
A picture book like Elizabeth Rose on Parade, that can inspire such creative play is certainly a wonderful addition to any child's bookshelf.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy of this book by the author. My opinions are, as always, my own.