The Greatest Show
Lucy Freegard (2/2021;
ISBN: 978-1-84365-483-4; Hardcover $16.95; Ages 3-6; 32 pages) is
a heartwarming story about overcoming fears and the meaning of success
Poppy the Penguin comes from a long line of circus performers. Many skills have been passed down from penguin to penguin. However, Poppy soon decides that performing in the family circus is not for her, as she prefers to feel calm and in control. But the hardest thing is not juggling, or riding a unicycle--it's telling her mum that she doesn't want to perform any more. Her bravery is worth it when Poppy discovers a better role--organizing and coordinating the whole show. And what a show it turns out to be! This tale of overcoming shyness and lack of confidence is both a funny and sensitive parody of the record-breaking movie The Greatest Showman, and a celebration of girl power!The 411:
Poppy is the cutest littlest penguin in her show family. They perform at the circus but Poppy really just wants quiet. She doesn't want to perform anymore but after taking a break decides she loves everything about the show, just not performing in it. Sooooo she goes about creating the greatest show from the behind the scenes making it the best ever. Now she can still be with her family and do all the things she loves without getting out in front of the crowd.
What a cute tale about how even though you have fears you can still contribute just differently. This tiny story made me think about my teenage daughter who is so extremely shy but may one day still be able to do all the amazing things she can do just in a different way.
We can all overcome the obstacles that stop us from having happy, successful lives by reimagining our lives.
My class loved this book and the cute illustrations. It has become a classroom favorite.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.