Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town

Circus Town9781433819148_p0_v1_s192x300Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town

Frank J. Sileo, Author

Sue Cornelison, Illustrator

Magination Press, Fiction, Feb. 28, 2015

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Building self-confidence, Making mistakes, Developing positive beliefs

Opening: Ringmaster Rick was excited for the big show at Circus Town! He visited the big tent to see all the performers practicing their acts.

Book Jacket Synopsis: Welcome to Circus Town, where it’s okay to bumble, stumble, and fumble. But no put downs! Give yourself a break! Everyone makes mistakes! Join Ringmaster Rick, Larry the Lion Tamer, Polka Dot Patti, and world-famous trapeze artists Jan and Juanita as they practice more, ask for help, think helpful thoughts, and bounce back from mistakes and mishaps to feel more confident!

Why I like this book:

Ringmaster Rick calls an emergency meeting after overhearing Circus Town’s several performers put themselves down for mistakes made while rehearsing their acts. “I’m the worst lion tamer…I can’t do this!…I am such a loser!…I’m such a klutz!…”  Does this self-defeating statement sound familiar?  This realistic story about making mistakes is something children can relate to as they participate in sports, dance, painting/drawing, practicing a musical instruments, helping in the kitchen and doing chores. I especially resonate with author Frank Sileo’s themes, “anyone can make a mistake and that self-defeating behavior is like bullying yourself.”  Sue Cornelison’s illustrations are bold, colorful and very expressive. They set the mood for the story and change as the story progresses. This is another important book for parents to have at home and for teachers to put on their bookshelves to help boost self-esteem in children. Well done!

Resources: The book includes a Note to Parents and Other Caregivers with more information and strategies for fostering self-confidence in children and helping them develop positive feelings and beliefs about themselves.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

36 thoughts on “Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town

  1. Looks like a “mindset” gem for my collection. Why do we beat ourselves up when mistakes are so vital to our learning and growth? Perfect pick, Patricia! Happy Thanksgiving from your Texas fans!

  2. This book is super important to prevent negative self talk as kids grow up. Turning shoulds into coulds was something I struggled with all my life. And if kids learn early this is self defeating behavior it is a plus for the next generation.

    This is a book even adults can learn from . It is never too late to begin self help and what better way than to show through a story like this? And if parents talk to their youngster about what the book is saying it makes doubly valuable.

    Thanks so much Patricia for introducing this book to us.

  3. What a good concept for a picture book, especially since the usual modus operandi these days is to listen to those negative thoughts that come into our minds, telling us it’s not okay to “bumble, stumble, and fumble”. Nice recommendation 🙂

    • I think we all catch ourselves from time to time being self-defeatist! The negative chatter that runs through our minds that we need to observe and laugh at. Good way to help children.

  4. I’m glad there’s a PB that deals with “making mistakes.” Schools teach our children that mistakes are the worst thing they can make. But mistakes mean your trying.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Such an evergreen subject for kids. Mistakes are an essential part of growth for kids and adults alike. Thanks for a great review.

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