Circus Train by Jos. A. Smith

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The circus is coming! Everyone is excited - except Timothy, whose family has just moved to the outskirts of the quiet town. When the circus train gets stuck on some abandoned tracks, can Timothy solve the problem and start some new friendships under the big top?

About Jos. A. Smith

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Betty Levin is the author of many popular books for young people, including "The Banished; Look Back, Moss; Away to Me, Moss; Island Bound; Fire in the Wind;" and "The Trouble with Gramary. " Betty Levin has a sheep farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she also raises and trains sheepdogs. In Her Own Words... "I started writing stories almost as soon as I began to read. They were derivative and predictable-as much a way of revisiting characters and places in books I loved as it was a means of self-expression. I don't remember when words and their use became important. In the beginning was the story, and for a long time it was all that mattered. "Even though I always wrote, I imagined becoming an explorer or an animal trainer. This was long before I had to be gainfully employed. It wasn't until after I'd landed in the workplace, first in museum research and then in teaching, that I returned to story writing-this time for my young children. Then a fellowship in creative writing at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College gave me and my storymaking a chance. One affirmation led to another, and now there are books-and some readers. "When I talk with children in schools and libraries, I realize that child readers are still out there. When they get excited about a character or a scene, a new dimension opens for them, a new way of seeing and feeling and understanding. "Of course there is always one child who asks how it feels to be famous and to be recognized in supermarkets. I explain that the only people who recognize me are those who have seen me working my sheep dogs or selling my wool at sheep fairs. That response often prompts another query: Why write books if they don't make you rich and famous? I usually toss that question back at the children. Why do they invent stories? How does story writing make them feel? "Eventually we explore the distinction between wanting to be a writer and needing to write. If we want to write, then we must and will. Whether or not we become published authors, we all have tales to tell and stories to share. Literature can only continue to grow from the roots of our collective experience if children understand that they are born creative and that all humans are myth users and storytellers.
Published April 1, 2001 by Harry N. Abrams. 38 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Young Timothy has just moved in, and his parents have gone to run errands in the nearby town of Yonderville, leaving Timothy and his dog Curly behind.

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And when he, the train and the circus reach their destination, Timothy's gaping parents are among the circus-awaiting crowd.Here's a whopping tale for any kid who has ever dreamed of a daring exploit or of running away to the circus, as artist Jos.

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Timothy comes up with a solution: he puts the elephants to work inflating the cars like balloons, ties the whole shebang to Captain Von Boom and shoots him from his cannon, thus flying the train to its destination.

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