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Page 3 - The Big Circus was created especially for Michael Jeremy
Smith at the age of 8, with love from, Mom and Dad,
November 9, 2001
Page 4 - Mike had waited such a long time for the circus to come to town.
He had always dreamed of seeing the lions, elephants, and clowns. Now the
time had finally come. Mike was going to see that in the town of
Atlanta, his dreams can become a reality.
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Page 7 - "Welcome children, young and old, to the greatest show around.
Welcome to the place where animals, magic, and entertainment can be found.
Step right up and take your seat, inside the tent so grand," a friendly clown
said to Mike and his friends at the ticket stand.
Page 8 - Larry, Wayne and Bob stood patiently and waited to sit in place.
Suddenly, a clown rushed out with a worried look on her face. "One of our
clowns isn't feeling well" she said. "I'm afraid he can't do the show.
Would Mike be willing to take his place? That's all I need to
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Page 11 - The clown looked down, studied Mike, and then smiled with great
delight. "Would you be willing to take his place? You are just the
perfect height!" Mike looked at his friends with a great big grin
and quickly agreed to go. "Hi, Mike, my name is Coco, and tonight
you'll be in the show."
Page 12 - When Mike was through getting dressed, the lights in the tent went
out. A spotlight shone on the ringmaster, who started to walk and shout.
"As we begin, please give your attention to the cage just on my right.
Daniel, our fearless lion trainer has worked here both day and night."
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Page 15 - Six giant beasts rushed into the cage, as Daniel cracked his whip.
Mike thought to himself, "I could do that, but it's something I'd rather
skip." They jumped through hoops and formed a line, and Mike thought it
was funny, when a lion rolled onto his back, and showed the crowd his tummy.
Page 16 - As Mike looked up at the top of the tent, he had to guess that
the next act was a most dangerous event. Mike saw a clown step
forward and jump on a flying trapeze. After he swung a couple of times, he
hung upside down by his knees.
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Page 19 - Suddenly, it seemed to Mike that everything happened at once.
Three separate groups came into the tent to perform three different stunts.
First came a clown on a one-wheeled ride, as fast as he could go. Juggling
things up in the air, he was sure to steal the show.
Page 20 - In the third ring was the funniest thing. Mike thought he
had seen it all, when a mouse and seal team stunned the crowd with balloons and
a big bright ball.
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Page 23 - The circus fun went on and on. It seemed to last all day.
Clowns rolled in on a fire truck with hoses ready to spray. Larry,
Wayne and Bob got ready for a soak. But when confetti sprayed out,
they laughed and saw that it was a joke.
Page 24 - Mike was busy watching the show and completely lost track of
time. He was startled when he heard Coco say, "Get ready, we're next in
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Page 27 - "Get ready for the big parade!" Coco said to Mike with a
grin. "You get to ride an elephant that goes by the name of Big Ben."
Mike's eyes grew wide, and he laughed with delight when Coco pointed and
said, "Climb up this ladder to get on his back and sit behind his head.
Page 28 - Mike climbed on the back of Big Ben, who stood at least twelve
feet high. Just as Mike was settling in, he heard the ring master
cry, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm afraid to say we're close to the end of our
show, but we'd like to give you one last act, before we let you go."
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page 31 - "We're going to have a big parade, right here inside our tent, but I
have a great announcement to make, before we begin the event. The one
who's going to lead the parade lives right here in your home town. It
brings me pleasure to present to you, Atlanta's own Mike the
Page 32 - When Mike had gotten off Big Ben and thanked him for the ride,
he went to find Coco the Clown and give her a hug good-bye. On the way
home, Mike remembered the show, where magic and wonder were found.
Mike knew that he would never forget the day the circus came to town.
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