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As a boy, Alexander (Sandy) Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazedAs a boy, Alexander (Sandy) Calder was always fiddling with odds and ends, making objects for friends. When he got older and became an artist, his fiddling led him to create wire sculptures. One day, Sandy made a lion. Next came a lion cage. Before he knew it, he had an entire circus and was traveling between Paris and New York performing a brand-new kind of art for amazed audiences. This is the story of Sandy?s Circus, as told by Tanya Lee Stone with Boris Kulikov?s spectacular and innovative illustrations. Calder?s original circus is on permanent display at the Whitney Museum in New York City....

Title : Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder
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ISBN : 9780670062683
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder Reviews

  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    2018-09-09 01:23

    The best thing about this book is the inventive ways the illustrators and art designers put together those double spreads. It echoes the concept of duality of the night/day:moon/sun inspiration which is mentioned in the text. It also reflects the duality of New York/Paris and Art/Play. I love the pages also where the artist's drawing pads cover and complete the objects. The facing pages of his travel in two cities (with 2 suitcases and then 5) and the crowds in Paris and New York work really well, too.I am unsure that the portraits of the flying muse adds much to the paintings (for me, they are distractions and take away the purity of the main illustration.) I am also not quite sure whey Sandy Calder has to look shifty in so many of these pictures, with him looking through the corners of his eyes. (Is it meant to be mischievous and playful?)

  • Lynn
    2018-09-04 02:27

    Wonderful picture book biography of "Sandy" Calder's early years as an artist and the creation of his amazing moving circus. I loved the perspectives used in the illustrations and the intricate drawings of Calder's work. I would add this book to a middle school collection as well as elementary. Fascinating.

  • Tasha
    2018-09-14 01:42

    Alexander Calder is known for his incredible mobiles like the one on the right. But this book focuses on one of his first creations, from sketches and wire designs to his amazing circus built from wire. The circus worked through springs and levers, sending the wire characters through their acts. Through play and wonder, this book captures Calder at his most elementary and most childlike. The story is captivating and vividly written, letting children understand that though Calder did not consider himself an artist, he certainly was one. Kulikov's art perfectly captures the time period and Calder's art.A perfect book to share with art classes in elementary school, this is a great introduction to Calder and his art. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Sherry
    2018-09-02 00:21

    I love books that talk about a famous person's humble beginnings in a way that kids can understand. Most know Alexander Calder's art to be important in the 20th Century museum context, but how many know that he invented the mobile, and "stabiles" (enormous metal sculptures)? Likewise, that he rose to fame by creating and exhibiting a traveling miniature, metal 3-D circus of working, moving "children's theatre", that was appreciated by both children and adults alike? Great colorful illustrations with movement and detail - perfect for booktalking.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2018-09-12 22:36

    Stone, Tanya Lee Sandy’s Circus, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. Viking (Penguin), 2008. Alexander Calder always had a talent for creating fun out of bits and bobs of wire, wood and fabric. During his time in Paris he creates a tiny, fantastic circus that he uses to perform highly intricate entertainments which grow larger and more involved as time goes on. This peek into the life of Calder, the creator of the mobile, is full of fantastic drawings; as just a picture book it works just fine. The only thing I wish is that there were actual photographs of Calder and his creations in order to connect the text to the life behind it. EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy Mitchell – Library-Teacherhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2008...

  • Vivian
    2018-08-27 20:23

    "I never knew that"... is what is so wonderful about well written, superbly illustrated picture book format biographies. Life being as busy and cluttered as it seems to get ill affords time or opportunity to read about these remarkable people.I never knew that Alexander Calder invented the hanging mobile. I never knew that he created a circus that fit into one suitcase, then two, and finally five and that he performed many many times to enthusiastic crowds in New York and Paris. In fact, this circus turned out to be his path to becoming the well-known sculptor that he is most remembered for.

  • Sarah Westgate
    2018-09-19 00:17

    Genre: Biography This book would be great for 1st grade and up. One unique feature of this text is at the back of the book, there is an author’s note and a picture of Alexander (Sandy) as well as sources used to learn about him.

  • Bonnie
    2018-08-27 00:15

    Bought for granddaughter

  • Joanne Roberts
    2018-08-27 00:23

    I was thrilled to see a biography of Alexander Calder, but this one seemed to lack sparkle. The author's enthusiasm is evident and the illustrations are cute and quirky, but I would have liked to see the illustrations describe more and the text describe less. The book lacked the lightness of a Calder wire-work. It was missing the action of Calder's amazing circus. The author's note is intriguing. The book is worth a look, but unfortunately probably not a second look.

  • Kellee
    2018-09-15 22:30

    Alexander Calder is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. He is the son of 2 artists yet for the first 20 years or so of his life, he never thought was an artist or had any intention of making art. His love was engineering- building and fixing things; however, it wasn't until he went into the real world and couldn't find a job he loved did he begin to realize that what he loved was more than just engineering. This book is the story of what happens after Calder is inspired to become an artist. This book does a great job of giving us a chronology of Calder's life as well as his art. I loved learning about his childhood and how the art he ended up becoming famous for had always been a talent of his, he just didn't realize it was his destiny. Before this book, I only knew of Calder's later work- his mobiles and stabiles- not the spectacular circus that is the co-star of this book. I love how Calder's work was not only art but engineering and imagination as well. It would be so great as a teacher to use this book to introduce Calder then move onto an activity analyzing and discussing Calder's art and then finally allow students a chance to make their own "Calder". "Even though Sandy loved creating things, he didn't always want to be an artist. He went to college and learned more about making things by studying to be an engineer. Sandy had different jobs but never really liked any of them. Then he worked as a fireman in the boiler room of a ship. One night, he was sleeping up on the deck, sailing between San Francisco and New York. When he woke, he was awestruck. On one side of the ship was a "fiery red sunrise." On the other, the full moon shone "like a silver coin." The sight made Sandy want to go to art school, and he did." (p. 14)"[H]e decided to go to Paris. Why Paris? Because that city was alive with art. And Sandy said, "In Paris it's a compliment to be called crazy."" (p. 17)

  • Julie
    2018-09-20 02:20

    "Sandy's Circus,: by Tanya Lee Stone is a story about Alexander Calder and his moveable circus. He ruled the artistic world of the twentieth century with metal sculptures and mobiles. ever since Alexander was a child he would build sculptures out of scrap. The sight of the moon and the sun interested him into going to art school. He worked for a newspaper where he drew circus's. Calder always had wire and a pair of pliers so one day he made a wire lion and before he knew it he out together a whole circus. He performed his circus in Paris and New York that everyone loved because of his enthusiasm. "His art had the force of an ocean. Said Stone. People loved his new form of art and that he created a mobile circus.The illustrations are done by Boris Kulikov. The title of the book is put together by random objects that give it a creative message. Alexander is the center of attention with his circus inside his suitcase. Right when you open the book the hardcover is filled with drawling's of tools. The title page and dedication page start with illustrations as well. Alexander was the main character so he stood out in most of the illustrations. The wire circus gave the illustrations a relaxed tone because they aren't perfect. You can see the enthusiasm of his creations in Calder's facial expressions. You also know that citizens appreciate his work of art because they follow him from city to city to see his mobile circus.I loved reading this book and I'm sure many other children and older readers would love it as well. I remember going to the circus as a child and loving every minute of it. From reading this book I learned about a different form of a circus from Alexander Calder's perspective. I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys children's books. In the back it has a note from the author about her appreciation for his work and a picture of him with some of his pieces.

  • Relyn
    2018-09-18 22:41

    Anyone who loves Alexander Calder is going to want to read this. If you know any kids (or a young-at-heat adults) who love art, building, the circus, or a plain old good story - this is one for them. Lesson ConnectionsOne of my favorite units of student in Reader's Workshop is our biography unit. I introduce the idea of reading biographies using storybook biographies. Luckily, there are many exciting ones being published now. I read several storybook biographies to the students and they have a chance to explore them with friends or individually. There's a lot more we do with this unit, but what I really want to tell you about are the results. With each unit, I ask for feedback in order to improve my teaching. At the start of this unit second graders consistently told me that they did not like biographies. At the end, most admitted to not having read biographies before our time together. Biographies usually have a reputation for being boring, which makes storybook versions a great introduction. Also at the end of the unit, kids are very excited about biographies and nearly the entire class has advanced to chapter book biographies. So exciting!You could use these type biographies to tie in to other curriculum (ie. science and Jane Goodall), research projects, or writing their own autobiographies or the biography of a classmate or family member.

  • Anna Richland
    2018-09-01 19:35

    This was one of those books that my 4 year old wanted every night for weeks. I was willing to read this longer than most others that hit that special category, because I too love Alexander Calder, and this was a great story about his miniature circus world that he constructed out of wire and what we now call recycled materials. I thought I knew something about him, from seeing his mobiles and stabiles many places, but this book focuses on his early life and his circus creations, which was fascinating and new to me. I'm lucky enough to live in Seattle, where we have Calder's Eagle in the free Olympic Sculpture Park and our local art museum had a special Calder exhibit a few years ago. We bought this book in the art museum gift shop on our third visit to the show. Our family's enjoyment of Calder's work makes this book that much more special to us.If you don't know anything about Calder, then check this out of the library to start meeting this wonderful 20th century artist. If you're already a Calder fan, then this is definitely a book you'll want to share with your children.

  • Caitlin Harmon
    2018-08-26 23:29

    Alexander Calder, or Sandy to those who knew him, was a joyous playful man who did not call himself an artist. But what an artist he was! His gigantic, colorful metal sculptures and his amazing mobiles can be seen in public places all over the world. One of his first creations was a wonderful, whimsical circus that he made out of found materials such as wire, cork, and paper. He then performed his miniature circus on the street of Paris and New York to the delight of children and adults alike. This is a great text for the classroom! After reading the story Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder allow the students to create a sculpture using different materials such as the ones Alexander calder used. Once the sculpture is created have students write about it. Is your sculpture a person, is it a girl or boy, an animal, an imaginary creature? What is its name, where does it live, what does it eat? Then have them write a short story based on the sculpture they created. Students can share their stories with their classmates.

  • Laura
    2018-09-14 18:42

    A clear and well-illustrated biography about Alexander Calder and his art. The book describes his early art projects and inspiration, though it does not provide the typical background that you might expect in a biography. This reads more like a story and less like a non-fiction text. The author includes a note and list of sources used.Recommended as a compliment to the art curriculum; this text could be used with students in grades 1 - 5, though with different levels of support. While a good introduction to the artist, the book is not quite enough to fulfill biography project needs for older students.

  • J-Lynn
    2018-08-22 21:27

    A biographical picture book about the artist Alexander Calder, the story mainly focuses on his creation of a miniature wire circus that was popular in the 1920's. Calder was an influential American artist in the early 20th century and is credited with inventing the mobile. The author says she was inspired to write the book when she saw the artwork on Calder's estate. While the illustrations show Calder creating the tiny circus, their child-like quality makes the circus look somewhat amateur. Also, the artists' use of varying scale as well as the random angels/muses that float in and out of the pictures may confuse young readers.

  • Shelli
    2018-08-30 01:19

    I only recently became acquainted with the work of Alexander Calder, an artist who didn’t call the things he made art, and found this to be another enjoyable and informative book about this non-traditional creator. Sandy, as he preferred to be called, fashioned an entire miniature traveling circus of wire, wood and other materials that wowed audiences on both sides of the globe and redefined the way people view art.A fun read aloud to share with your kiddos or a classroom full of them, especially if you let them loose to make their own creations afterward.

  • Samantha
    2018-08-26 20:42

    Sandy's Circus was an interesting and informative read. I like how it was about is life and how he started his art work. The illustrations were very well done and had a lot of details. This book was the first like this that I read where it was a picture storybook but a bibliography at the same time. Which can be a great resource for teaching children about bibliographies. I really enjoyed this book and it also had some interesting fun facts. Well worth the read.

  • Kim
    2018-09-17 20:16

    This is an amazing story about the man who created the first mobile, and how he became famous just making things out of wire. A true artist, and the illustrations bring so much fun to the story. They are whimsical just as Alexander's art is. I really enjoyed this story and the way that it was written. I would love to have this book in my classroom library, and use it as as mentor text for detail when describing someone's life.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-09 20:22

    This book was a great introduction to the art of Alexander Calder. The illustrations were very well done, especially the pictures of Sandy's hands and of his drawing at the circus. My 4th and 5th graders loved the book and were excited by the circus creations. Also, I tied the lesson together by showing my students an online video of Calder playing with his circus- including some of the figures shown in the book!

  • Andrea Davis
    2018-08-20 22:28

    A lot of great information is given about Alexander Calder without being too overwhelming or complex for young children to understand. It explains his upbringing, his passions, his work, and as well as how everything came into motion- literally! The illustrations are big and detailed to almost tell the story in themselves. With a few more advanced word choices, this book would be great for around the 3rd grade.

  • Jeimy
    2018-09-16 01:42

    I will confess that, before a school activity in December, I had no idea who Calder was. On that fateful day, I fell in love with this playful artist and his whimsical circus. Today I learned of his wire portraits and that he invented the mobile. I want to spread the word about this man and this book might be just the conduit to do it!

  • Tracy Holland
    2018-09-04 22:32

    A truly gifted artist, Sandy Calder entertained and brought joy to many with his wire circus. This biography follows Sandy through his early years as he developed his craft and creates his circus. Children will enjoy learning about his creativity and determination to bring joy to those who watched his art work.

  • jenna nims
    2018-09-06 20:17

    super cool book, I love Alexander Calder, especially his circus that I was lucky enough to see in Canada one year. I was very glad to be able to teach/show Caroline his awesome work. The illustrations were great, I did think the story tried to be a bit too "cool" and ended up a little wordy but I still loved the book!

  • Amanda
    2018-09-07 00:24

    This one was interesting to me because my mom studied Alexander Calder in college while I was in middle school and I had never heard of him before that. His circus was totally new to me and a fun way to tell a historical story to kids. It made me wish there was a little more about his mobiles however, although maybe another book would be best for that.

  • Angela
    2018-08-28 21:28

    I really liked this book. I already had some prior knowledge of Alexander Calder but the book did a good job of telling about his life and illustrating it in a way that would hold a young child's attention. This would be a great book to read when you are studying about artists in the elementary classroom because it is short and full of colorful illustrations.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2018-08-25 01:39

    This book is about the artist, Alexander Calder. I loved the bright pictures and the way that the author describes Calder's journey from childhood, to college and into adulthood. My only complaint was that there didn't seem to be much of Calder's actual work represented in the book, but I don't know that much about Calder so I'm off to do some research.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-02 19:20

    This is a great story to use to help students learn about providing background information in a narrative, non-fiction story. It also has a lot of similes which could teach students about being descriptive. For example: "full moon shone like a silver coin."This book also teacher about the sculptures by Alexander Calder.

  • Earl
    2018-09-12 21:29

    For some reason or other, I thought I had read another nonfiction picture book about Alexander Calder. I'm not an art expert and even I knew about his wonderful mobiles. So this was a pleasant surprise to read another part of his creative contribution to the world. Fans of miniatures and the circus should read this!

  • Rachel
    2018-08-31 22:33

    Very interesting book on the life of Alexander Calder and for me a little known episode in his life, where he created this entire circus out of wire and other objects--which later led to him creating his wire sculptures, which became the first mobiles. I absolutely loved the illustrations in this book!