Star of the Circus: My Little Sister And Me

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Join Marvelous Mouse, Cannonball Cat, and a whole cast of circus animals as each proclaims himself or herself the star of the circus. The satisfying conclusion to the story shows all of the animals banding together to realize they are all stars of the circus.

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About the author (1997)

Michael Sampson graduated from East Texas State University, where he majored in political science and received his elementary teaching certificate. During the next few years, Sampson taught Kindergarten through sixth grades, and received much press coverage for his innovative stances toward teaching. Sampson earned a Ph.D. in Reading from the University of Arizona, where he worked under Dr. Roach Van Allen and Dr. Kenneth Goodman. In 1986 he published his first professional book, THE PURSUIT OF LITERACY. He is also author of EXPERIENCES WITH LITERACY, co-authored by Bill Teale and Roach Van Allen, and PATHWAYS TO LITERACY, co-authored with Mary Beth Sampson and Roach Van Allen. He has also published 18 children's books.

Jose Aruego was born in Manila, the Philippines on August 9, 1932. He completed a law degree at the University of the Philippines but chose a career as an illustrator instead. He moved to New York City in the l950's to attend Parsons School of Design. His first job after art school was pasting feathers on angel wings in an art studio. Before he started illustrating books, he was a cartoonist for two years. His first children's book, The King and His Friends, was published in 1969. During his lifetime, he illustrated 82 children's books including Herman the Helper written by Robert Kraus and We Hide, You Seek and Dance Away written by George Shannon. He worked on several books with his wife and long-time collaborator Ariane Dewey including Whose Mouse Are You?, Leo the Late Bloomer, and Gregory the Terrible Eater. In 1976, he was received with the Outstanding Filipino Abroad in the Arts Award from the government of the Philippines. He died on August 9, 2012 at the age of 80.

Mary Beth Sampson is an associate professor of elementary education at Texas A&M University--Commerce where she teaches both graduate students and pre-service teachers. Her bibliography of publications includes professional articles, textbooks, book chapters, newspaper columns, curriculum materials and children's books. As a consultant, she has interacted with teachers in over 500 professional development sessions and keynotes across the nation on various aspects of literacy instruction. Her present research interests include pre-service preparation and in-service professional development for literacy teachers, utilization of children's literature in content classrooms and teacher beliefs. She currently serves as an editor for the College Reading Association Yearbook.

Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated more than seventy popular children's books together.
Their widely acclaimed Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems, written by Judy Sierra, was featured
on National Public Radio, won a gold medal from the National Parenting Publications Awards, and was a
Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Borders, and bestseller. They are the illustrators of the Robert Kraus
classics Leo the Late Bloomer and Herman the Helper, which received a Boston Globe-Horn Book- Honor.
Mr. Aruego and Ms. Dewey both live in New York City.

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