Cara wanted to
go to the circus. Ever since she'd heard it was in town, she'd pestered
her mama and papa to take her. Cara's little brother, Drew, wanted to go
too. One afternoon Mama and Papa agreed to take them. They drove to the
“Look at the big
tent, Drew!” Cara pointed to the blue and white striped canvas. “It's
big, isn't it?”
Drew didn't say
a word. He didn't smile, but stared at the big tent.
“Mama, I think
Drew is happy to be here. Let's buy him a balloon and go inside. Can I
have some cotton candy?” Cara took her papa's hand.
“You can have
some cotton candy, Cara, but not too much. Let's find a good seat and
watch the circus.” Mama led them inside the tent.
They found a
good seat near the front. Mama sat next to Papa. Cara sat on the other
side of Papa and Drew sat next to his sister. He held a red balloon in
his hand and sucked his thumb.
came out first. They paraded around with dogs jumping on their backs. A
tiger came out and did tricks and Cara clapped her hands. When the
clowns came out, she stood and shouted. “Yeah! Clowns!”
The clowns heard
her and ran over to her.
Drew saw the
brightly colored clowns with big red noses and huge feet. He started to
cry. “Mama! Papa!” He ran to his mama and climbed on her lap.
“I don't think
Drew likes the clowns.” Mama hugged her son.
One of the
clowns spoke to Cara and told her to sniff his flower. When she did, he
squirted her in the face. Water splashed all over. Cara wiped her face
off and started to cry. “Mama! Papa!” She climbed on her papa's lap.
“I don't think
Cara likes the clowns either,” Papa said.
The clowns ran
around the tent, throwing balls in the air and making faces. Sometimes
they honked a horn. Cara and Drew didn't move. They buried their faces
in their mama and papa's shoulders and cried. Mama thought it was best
if they went home.
They were about
to get out of their seats when one of the clowns came over to them. He
had a big bag of popcorn in his hand. “Little girl, I've got a present
Cara peeked. She
thought he was going to squirt her in the face again and quickly hid
“I won't squirt
you. I'm sorry. I brought you some popcorn,” the clown said.
Cara lifted her
head and looked. The clown had a big smile painted on his face. She
reached for the popcorn and took it. “Thank you.” She sat on her papa's
lap and nibbled popcorn. She wasn't afraid any more.
I've got a present for you too,” the clown said. “In his hand he held a
Drew peeked and
saw all the balloons. He reached for them and took them from the clown's
hand. He smiled at the clown.
“I didn't mean
to scare you. Clowns are nice.” The clown ran off.
Cara and Drew
laughed during the entire circus. They weren't afraid any longer. When
the clowns came walking by, they clapped and waved. Mama and Papa were
Every time the
circus came to town, Cara and Drew wanted to go. Mama and Papa gladly
took them, knowing they'd have a fun time there together.