A Carnival of Animals by Sid Fleischman

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A no-account little tornado comes twirling along. It means no great harm, but for the animals in the shadow of Barefoot Mountain life will never be the same. A 400pound hog finds a wind-tossed harmonica and learns to play it. Emperor Floyd, a wild rooster, is frightened into insomnia and keeps everyone awake by crowing in the middle of the night. Stumblefrog discovers a sack of Mexican jumping beans left in the path of the twister, and guess what happens?

Most curious of all, the storm drops a "strange little animal, all pink skin and bones, lying in a heap against a hollow log." Its fur or feathers have been plucked clean by the tornado, and no one can guess what nature of odd animal the "Windblown Child" is. Everyone is in for a huge and wondrous surprise.

In these six broad comedies, Newbery Medal winner Sid Fleischman again proves himself to be a wizard of the American tall tale.

Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

 

About Sid Fleischman

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Sid Fleischman was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 16, 1920 but grew up in San Diego, California. He loved all things magical and toured professionally as a magician until the beginning of World War II. During the war, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and afterwards, he graduated from San Diego State University in 1949. After graduation, he worked as a reporter with the San Diego Daily Journal. After the paper folded in 1950, he started writing fiction. He tried his hand at children's books because his own children often wondered what their father did. To show them how he created stories, he wrote them a book. He wrote more than 50 fiction and nonfiction works during his lifetime including The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life; Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; The Thirteenth Floor; and The Ghost in the Noonday Sun. His book, The Whipping Boy, won the Newberry Award in 1987. He is the father of Newbery Medal winning writer and poet Paul Fleischman; they are the only father and son to receive Newbery awards. He also wrote screenplays including Lafayette Escadrille, Blood Alley, and The Whipping Boy. He died from cancer on March 17, 2010 at the age of 90. Author and illustrator Marylin Hafner was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 14, 1925. She received her B.S. degree from the Pratt Institute in 1947. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, she worked in the advertising department of a store, was an art director at McCall's, and an art instructor at Famous Schools, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. She won the New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award in 1949 for her work on Bonnie Bess: The Weathervane Horse and the National Jewish Book Award for her work on Hanukkah! She was the author and illustrator of the Molly and Emmett series and also worked as a graphic artist. She died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 82.
 
Published August 22, 2000 by Greenwillow Books. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fleischman (Bandit’s Moon, 1998, etc.) relates six lively, interlocking tall tales involving the animals who live near Barefoot Mountain and the changes brought about by “a no-account little tornado” that “came twirling like a ballerina across the countryside.” A sidehill clinger with two long an...

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Fleischman (Bandit's Moon) displays his nimble wit with descriptions of a gale that shakes trucks ""like dice"" and a sly hawk named Thump Oswald who is ""slick as bear grease."" The glee with which he relates his outrageous yarns is infectious, and Hafner (the Lunch Bunnies books) seems to have ...

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