Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Is There a Fair in Your Future?

Popcorn, cotton candy, and hotdogs, sideshow barkers, lights, rides, games–-it's more than enough for an entire alphabet.

A FABULOUS FAIR ALPHABET by Debra Frasier, Beach Lane Books, 2010

Wow! I got dizzy the first time through this book. A second trip helped me remember the fairs I’ve enjoyed and realize that the sights, sounds, and smells of a real fair are, in fact, dizzying. The author/illustrator captures all the reasons we go to fairs in bright colors and vivid scenes.

Young readers will want to look at each picture on each page. Your own memories of the fair will keep you recalling family stories or childhood memories.

I liked the full spread of C (cotton candy) and the full spread of L (large lemonade); R (roller coaster) races across another double spread. Lest you think I just enjoyed the double spreads, wait until you get to W (win). You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out what the illustrator chose for D.

Read this to your young listener a number of times before you go to a fair. He or she will be eager to go. And so will you.

To “meet” the creative artist and find fun activities see


  1. There's a fair scene in my wip... 1880 Iowa State Fair. Researching how different the fair may have looked then... did they have cotton candy?? Yes, I need a fair expert. :) Thanks for sharing... sounds like a fun read.

  2. This would be a great book to share with a pre-school audience. Something for each toddler and pre-K adventurer.

    Looking forward to your fair scene!


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