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Ben is one of a set of triplets. He attends Miss Lisa’s kindergarten class with his two siblings. Ben is special. He is confined to a wheelchair. That doesn’t stop him from being eager, curious and wildly imaginative.
On this day in class, the children are proceeding from one activity to the next. Ben begins daydreaming. He imagines that his class has been transported to the circus and his teacher is the ringmaster. He envisions a day at the circus with clowns, jugglers, and lots of animals. Suddenly, he is brought back to reality as it is circle time. It seems that Miss Lisa has heard him. She is reading a book about the circus.
The illustrations are beautifully done. Children see Ben having fun. The rhyming text is rich with alliteration and onomatopoeia. It is almost musical.
I heartily recommend this picture book to pre-K through third-grade readers. We certainly need more books that include children with disabilities. Highly recommended,
Ms. Lisa enjoys the triplets in her class. The enjoying leaning/participating. Today they are going to learn about the circus big top. We gathered around to watch the elephants.
What other adventures is the classroom going to see?
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A very awesome book cover, great colored pictures & proper font & writing style. A very well written children’s educational adventure story book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s educational adventure movie, an animated cartoon, classroom PP presentation, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; CharleyHouse Press; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
‘Ben’s adventures under the big top’ by Elisabeth Gerlach is one of the most beautiful picture books I saw for a while. Just looking at the illustrations, together with the rhyming text, makes me feel happy.
Ben is confined to a wheelchair. He is special, a very curious boy and has a vivid imagination. One day when he and his brother and sister are in class, he imagines he is in a circus. Miss Lisa, his teacher is the ringmaster. It is so fun with a lot of animals, clowns and jugglers. But then suddenly he is brought back to reality. The children are sitting in a ring while the teacher reads a book about a circus. And Ben dreams that one day, he can do some of these circus acts for real.
This book is so joyful and warm. I recommend it highly!
Ben Adventures Under the Big Top is a book where a boy takes the reader on an adventure with him, the boy doesn't let something the reader will learn, hold him back though.
I always like to acknowledge where the author has taken to the time to format their work for an optimal reading experience. The book is read in landscape mode (holding your device horizontally). Words and pictures display together on the screen like a traditional picture book open to two pages. A lot of self published Kindle authors can't be bothered to format their work and it displays like a mess with bits of text on one page and an image on a small part of the screen on another, so I always like to take the time to point out when authors care about their reader's experience and their own work enough to take the time to format it.
In my childhood I lived from one dream to the other. I like how Ben's imagination took him to the circus when he was just in class. I liked how he was the center of the spotlight, even though he was just another child at school or day-care. Any experience can be made better with an avid imagination. I thought that it was fun to see how Ben linked reality to his day-dream. I hope I never lose the ability to imagine the world as it never was and be the better for it.
I am delighted that I found this book to read with and to my daughter. Ben's circus inspired classroom adventure captured her attention. Ben's adventure is one of the few stories that she has let me read to her all the way through in one sitting. The story and themes resonates because we value inclusion. My daughter, a 5 year old, has recently been diagnosed with Autism. I love the inclusion message and especially like that it is one that is treated extremely well.
I absolutely love the concept behind this book. As a pediatric physical therapist I’ve worked with many children who did not have the ability to communicate verbally yet I believe they might have also gone on adventures just like this. I believed that this is a great book for encouraging kids in a similar situation and a great book to read to friends and family to give them a little understanding, compassion and kindness for kids who are in this situation.💙💙💙💙💙
In this adventure, Ben is at the Big Top. Ben loves the CIRCUS! So while in class with his triplet siblings, he daydreams. His class is at the circus too and his teacher as the ringmaster! Watch the brave lion tamer and the clowns. Hear the laughter! In Ben's dreams his wheelchair is gone and he can do anything other kids can do. The beautiful illustrations add to this heartwarming story. A must read!
Our family loves this second book by Elizabeth!!! Such creative writing and beautifully illustrated. As a special needs family we feel so empowered reading Elizabeth's books to children . We have found it really opens up healthy discussion between adults and children . Plan on buying more for the local school library . These books should be in every single school around the world . Hope we see more books to come !!!!
I love the illustrations of this book. It did take me reading a few pages before realizing the book is written in rhyme, other than that, it is a great book with a positive message for children, caregivers, and educators to enjoy time and time again.