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Commercial fairs come in all sizes-- county, state, and international--and they are as popular today as ever. How did they come to be? What goes on at them? Why do they continue to appeal to young people? This lively report on the modern fair answers these questions and many others. The opening chapters relate the change from the European market fair, like the one at Nizhni Novgorod in Russia, to the competitive showcase that developed in the United States. Following chapters take up the various activities that fairs engage in: agricultural events, household arts, youth and vocational programs, entertainment, and special exhibits in such fields as science and transportation. Specific examples from the over 3200 fairs that take place each year illustrate each category, and major fairs all over the country are included. Not surprisingly, the largest one is the State Fair of Texas, held outside of Dallas. All this wide-ranging information is gathered together in a smoothly knit narrative by a knowledgeable author, who has participated in a number of fairs herself.
This book offers the readers one hundred treasures from a lifetime of words and ideas - tales that amaze, enthrall, and horrify; breathtaking journeys backward and forward in time; classic stories with the undiminished power to tantalize, mystify, elate, and move the reader to tears.
[From the dust jacket:] "After Jonathan moved to the country he had to take a bus to school. On the bus he met Melissa Molasses, whose attempts to be helpful ruined the lunch Jonathan's mother had fixed for him. Mr. Riley, the bus driver, was helpful too--he helped everybody. Without Mr. Riley the first grade would never have had two birthday cakes instead of one when they celebrated Jonathan's birthday. Jonathan and Melissa might also have remained stuck in a snow bank the rest of the winter. That was the day Mr. Riley sighed "What a morning!" to himself in heartfelt tones. Little did he realize he had an even worse one in store for him---the morning the children took their assorted pets to school for the Pet Show. Jonathan, like Eddie and Betsy, is always so well-meaning that the trouble he causes becomes all the funnier. Children who ride a school bus will find much that is familiar in this warm-hearted story. Those who don't ride one will wish they did." There are over twenty more books in the Bookshare collection about Penny, Peter and their friends at camp. Look for Carolyn Haywood to find books about Betsy, Eddie and other kids like you, even though they were children over 60 years ago in the middle of the twentieth century. Some of the book titles you'll find are: "B" is for Betsy, Betsy's Busy Summer, Betsy's Merry Christmas, Betsy and the Circus, Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick, Betsy's Winterhouse, Eddie the Dog Holder, Eddie and his big Deals, Eddie's Pay Dirt, Eddie and Gardenia, Ever Ready Eddie, Eddie and the Fire Engine, Penny Goes to Camp, and many more! Many of these books have picture descriptions.
The Importance of Living is a wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: Revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing-indeed, eager-to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. At a time when we're overwhelmed with wake-up calls, here is a refreshing, playful reminder to savor life's simple pleasures.
Follow Eddie as he goes through a lot of fun and neat adventures in this the first of the Eddie Wilson series of books. Eddie learns to be a dog catcher, runs for mayor, takes the bus into the city to get his mom some cold cream, tries to find homes for his cats, ends up finding some very valuable junk and much much more.
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