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Review: The Greatest Star on Earth

May 17, 2014

The Greatest Star on Earth

Polly Pumpkinseed, the editor of The Circus Times, announces that she is sponsoring a contest and will select a member of Sir Sidney’s Circus to win a trophy naming them The Greatest Star on Earth.  Sir Sidney doesn’t like it, though and says,

Everyone in my circus is a star, but there’s only one trophy.  I’m worried someone’s feelings might get hurt.

Sir Sidney worries so much he develops a huge worrywart on his nose and is sent home to rest.  It turns out his worries were warranted because everyone wants to win that trophy.  The performers worry about it so much, they become careless and accidents happen.  Bert and Gert come up with a plan to set things right and, in the end, everyone learns that helping a friend is more important than a trophy.

The Greatest Star on Earth by Kate Klise is the second book in the Three-Ring Rascals series and I thought it was adorable!  It’s not necessary to read the first book in the series, The Show Must Go On!, to enjoy this one but readers who have will be happy to revisit old friends.

Sir Sidney is wise and kind and values all of his performers. Everyone is treated with respect and valued for their contribution to the circus.  Competition doesn’t bring out the best in everyone, though, so early readers learn a few lessons along the way.  The animals and people who perform in the circus are delightful characters!  When they see what the competition is doing to them, they decide it’s time to take action and work together.

M. Sarah Klise’s illustrations bring The Greatest Star on Earth to life.  Her black and white drawings are expressive and full of life and are sure to delight the targeted audience of second to fifth grade.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Algonquin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    May 17, 2014 5:55 am

    How cute! I have this n to read too.

  2. May 17, 2014 9:04 am

    Sounds like a fun one!

  3. May 17, 2014 9:29 am

    Cute, with a good message. I like it!

  4. May 17, 2014 10:39 am

    I’ll have to mark this series for our daughter! I like books that have a message/lesson.

  5. Patty permalink
    May 17, 2014 10:56 am

    I love kids’ books where lovely lessons are learned!

  6. May 17, 2014 8:41 pm

    This sounds like a really cute book!

  7. May 17, 2014 8:48 pm

    This looks and sounds like a fun book! Terrific review, Kathy.

  8. May 17, 2014 11:10 pm

    This one does sound very delightful!

  9. May 18, 2014 1:35 pm

    I gave this one to my niece- glad it’s a good one.

  10. May 18, 2014 2:08 pm

    I am lucky there is no such thing as a real worry wart! I’d be housebound! We’re taking Gage to his first circus tomorrow 🙂

  11. May 18, 2014 2:27 pm

    I like the message this sends kids!

  12. May 18, 2014 8:39 pm

    I think these books are cute. I really enjoyed the first one, even though its a little young for me and a little old for my daughter. I know she’ll like these later on. I will have to be on the look out for this second book.

  13. May 19, 2014 2:31 pm

    Sounds adorable – and I love the message!

  14. May 20, 2014 10:34 am

    even the way you review this sends the message you loved it 🙂

  15. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 7:51 am

    This one looks adorable.

  16. May 21, 2014 2:22 pm

    This sounds like such a fun book, Kathy!

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