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Chipper the Clown: A Kids Book about a Circus Clown Who Learns That It S Important to Ask for Help in Order to Follow Your Dreams (Cardboard Box Adventures) Paperback – 21 Jun 2010
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The strongest theme in "Chipper," I believe, was reminding the child (and adult) that sometimes failure doesn't have to be the last word. Chipper's inability to entertain his audiences in a pin-stripe suit did not discourage him but turned him to action--to figure out exactly how to be an entertaining and amusing clown. In other words, don't give up your dream at the first sign of disappointing results.
In each of Don M. Winn's books he has two vital assets that are not found in may other children's book. The first his introduction where he clearly explains the reason behind the book he has created. By sharing his personal feelings and outlook on the subject he allows the reader a glimpse into the heart of the author and not just the storyline.
The 2nd thing is that he consistently list a series of question about the story at the back of the book. Generally simple questions that will give the parent and child a wonderful introduction into a dialogue about the book.
Chipper the Clown is the story about a young man that while a good worker was not happy in his "day" job. His dream and heart's desire was to make people laugh. Chipper became a clown (literally) and realized that while he was following his dream...it still needed a little tweaking to be perfect.
It's a wonderful story to share with children to remind them that their dreams are valid and they should be followed...but sometimes we may have to work a wee bit harder then we expected.