Sunday, March 4, 2012

Book - I Remember My Circus

I Remember My Circus  by: Tom S. Figueiredo
Illustrated by: Sidney Falcai 
Originally written in Portuguese 
Tanslated by: Peter Lenny & Tom Figueiredo 
Kindle edition - about 50 pages 

  As a youngster always wanting to go the the circus, it was a dream come true when one appeared one day. Finding out all about the circus would be fun. Learning that the Cursed Morgana Torres would be there and transform into a gorilla right in front of everyones eyes was so exciting. Seeing Morgana in town didn't take any of the excitement out of watching her enter the center ring. Seeing her sad eyes and waiting for her to change was tough, but his mom was willing to wait - longer than most. Hearing the story later made the boy wish he had been able to remember what had happened for himself. Going back the next day, he found the circus gone. All but the Elephant swallower, Helder, had somehow packed up and left over night. The things he discovered that day just might change his life even if he never saw the circus after all. 

  What a truly original story, I Remember My Circus is a tall tale to tell, a lesson to learn and the story is broken into two different sections for the telling of it. The lessons that his mother teaches us is a touching and oh so common lesson needed for today's society, it is one that would be great for more to learn better. ("There's a time when all we need is a little kindness.") ----- The other lesson, is just as common and just as important, it is that of dreaming and imagination. Found myself reading and re-reading this one, then I read it with my kids - it is just the type of story that is so great to share. The illustrations on each page are beautiful and bring so much to the story with the detailed oriented yet simple drawings. Some of the wording was at times a bit strange to me, had to explain a few parts to my youngest, but I think some of that may be on the translation - the whole story was a bit out there, but that is part of what made it worth reading.