Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review of The Flimflam Man

I’m always on the lookout for books about Oklahoma and Oklahoma history. The Flimflam Man by Darleen Bailey Beard is a delightful addition to my collection.

Although the story is fiction, it's based on an actual event that took place in 1950 in the town of Wetumka, Oklahoma, and resulted in the annual Sucker Day Festival that continues today.

The story is about two girls, Clara Jean and Bobbie Jo, and how they become friends through their experience with F. Bam Morrison, the Flimflam Man, who is selling advance tickets to Bohn’s United Circus Shows.

What I love about the book is the memories it evoked. As an Oklahoman, I had to smile as Clara Jean talked about the cow-chip throwing contest. I cheered Clara Jean and Bobbie Jo on as they raced their bikes through oil fields in an attempt to catch the Flimflam man. I became nostalgic as I read about Bobbi Jo’s reel-to-reel tape recorder and Clara Jean’s clear plastic rain boots. The Flimflam man is a trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the 50’s. 

Kids will love the book because it’s entertaining. The girls are funny; the illustrations are adorable; and the plot is interesting. 

On her Web site, Darlene provides quizzes, reader's theater scripts, songs, and activities for her books. Activities for The Flimflam Man include writing a review, creating a wanted poster, designing a circus ticket and several coloring pages based on the book. 

Whether you’re studying Oklahoma history or just looking for a good book to read to your child, I heartily recommend The Flimflam Man.

1 comment:

  1. Oh how I love this! Thanks for such a glowing review of my book! I do hope we can meet soon! Your new friend, Darleen

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