Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rolling Down Front Street

The weather was perfect for the National Cherry Festival's Junior Royale Parade held last Thursday in Traverse City. Over two dozen elementary schools constructed floats with Michigan children's books as the theme. From in front of beloved indie store Horizon Books, we watched the results of imagination, handicraft, and lots of work by area families. The floats were also scheduled for Saturday's Cherry Royale Parade. Here are some of my favorites:
Westwoods Elementary School showed the story of Sheep in a Jeep. Behind the jeep: the tree that caused some trouble, with a sign on it: "JEEP for SALE--Cheap!" The first-grade prince & princess wave from the towing Jeep.

Leslie Helakoski's Big Chickens in their feathery finery.
Gloria Whelan's Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five-Mile Poem celebrates a Michigan wonder.
The unreliable narrator of Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs waves to the crowd.