The Train of States

by Peter Sís

A visit to Baraboo’s Circus World Museum in Wisconsin inspired Peter Ss to... read more

A visit to Baraboo’s Circus World Museum in Wisconsin inspired Peter Ss to present this compendium of information about the 50 states in the form of a circus train. Each state is featured as a circus wagon incorporating factual information—such as the state nickname and motto, notable characteristics, and famous historical figures—into its design. The circus wagons roll out in the order in which each territory entered statehood. An additional intriguing tidbit of information for each state is also provided. For Wisconsin, Ss highlighted the Great Circus Parade in downtown Milwaukee—an event that was no doubt still running strong at the time the book was created. (Ages 5–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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