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Parade of Colors
Harry N. Abrams, 2003

{Author} /// Patrisha Grainger

Join the parade! A kaleidoscope of colors and magical characters awaits you in the enchanting world of Cirque du Soleil. This spirited introduction to color and rhyme will pique the imagination of all. Now, for the first time, the enchanting characters from Cirque du Soleil, the world-famous circus troupe known for its innovative blending of circus acts and street performance, are featured in a book for children! Through dazzling photographs from all eight shows and imaginative verse, young readers are introduced to every color of the rainbow-and some that even the rainbow would envy. Meet the Baron, the Nostalgic Old Birds, the Angels, the Water Nymphs, the Bronx, the Urban Worms, and more. This spirited introduction to color will inspire the imagination and transport fans of all ages to the magical world of Cirque du Soleil. This is one circus parade everyone will want to join!

Release --  May.27.2003 (CAN)
--  Sep.01.2003 (US)
--  Oct.01.2003 (GER)
--  Dec.01.2003 (UK)
Dimensions --  9.3 x 11.4 x 0.5 in
--  27.9 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm
# of Pages --  40 pages
SRP --  $15.95 USD
ISBN-10 --  08-1094-515-0
ISBN-13 --  978-08-1094-515-9

    Text by: Keith Johnson | November 2003
    Fascination! Newsletter, Issue #27
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Cirque du Soleil is a quintessential theatrical event that's impossible to capture within a book, and far too complex to suit the simplicity needed for a concept book about colors. And while Cirque does have appeal to children, a book specifically targeted to them (ages 4 to 8) wouldn’t seem like a natural extension of the Cirque brand. Yet they try, and for the most part succeed. Parade is well worth having to enjoy the incredible attention to detail in the makeup and costumes of the performers represented here. Rich color backs the text of rambling, rhyming poems with a featured color or two, which are present on the page in one or more values, but not always the most direct. Author Robertson provides the rhymes and the usual suspects of Al Seib and Veronique Vial, along with Jean-Francois Gratton, supply the photographs.

    Gathered here inside these pages / are colors galore / and rhymes for all ages! Now, open your eyes! / Come look within! / For a parade of bright colors / is about to begin...

The format is pretty straightforward: swirling, curling edges defined with white dots to simulate theatrical lights effectively separate the images from the text area. Each page features a character picture with the characters name and rhyme, which highlights the costumes predominant color or colors. The rhymes can be quirky, such as this one for The Dandy from Saltimbanco:

    "Hi-dee-ho! Monsieur Le Dandy! / What makes your hair stand up on end? So stiffly stiff, with no curl or bend? / Not blown about by breeze or sneeze, but upright straight as a Roman frieze! / Perhaps this 'do keeps wisps off your face as you leap about with baroque-like grace. / Dapper in your suit of fresh, clear orange."

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