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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Circus Ship Tour

We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to welcome the Circus Ship Tour, sponsored by Island Readers & Writers. Chris Van Dusen, a popular children's book author, has recently written a book based loosely upon a historical event that happened on the Maine coast. In 1836, a large ship, called the Royal Tar was making it's way from Canada to Boston. On board was an entire circus, because back in those days, traveling by boat was more common for a big show like that. Well, a storm came up and the ship ran aground off the coast of Vinalhaven with all those circus animals aboard. Chris's book postulates a different outcome than what really happened, but it is a sure winner for kids. The tour will be here on October 9th when Chris and a story teller will be sharing some historical events as well as the new book. In response to the upcoming event, the students were writing their own stories, but imagining the ship running aground here by Frenchboro. They wrote up their graphic organizers first and then started telling their own tales. So far, there are lots of crazy animal encounters!

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