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Weston Author To Tell 'Circus' Story At Norwalk's Stepping Stones Museum

Children’s book author and illustrator Clare Pernice will run “A Day at the Circus” -- a special StoryTime — at Stepping Stones Museum for Children on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m.
Children’s book author and illustrator Clare Pernice will run “A Day at the Circus” -- a special StoryTime — at Stepping Stones Museum for Children on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m. Photo Credit: Regina Tamburro

NORWALK, Conn. — Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk will host the appearance of children’s author/illustrator Clare Penice of Weston at StoryTime.

The event will be Friday, Jan. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to noon at 303 West Ave.

The author will lead the program, “A Day at the Circus,” where she’ll read from the book she penned and illustrated, "Circus Girl." Children are then invited to create a circus-themed puppet craft. The event will be followed by a book signing.

“Circus Girl was inspired by my childhood, my two children, and all the children who love to play dress up and make-believe,” said Pernice, who lives in Weston with her husband, two children and their miniature dachshund, Milo.

Attendees are invited to come in circus costumes.

Born and raised in England, Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root with the influence of Roald Dahl, who visited her school, and her witty story-telling father.

Pernice took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art, and design and graduated from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art.

She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York. She’s also designed children’s books, clothes, toys, and murals, and has created costumes and props for film and stage.

But Pernice’s true love is writing and illustrating picture books, of which "Circus Girl" is her first. "Circus Girl" is the tale of a young girl who morphs into a superstar -- the main attraction in a circus of her own. Pernice’s picture book combines playful text with whimsical watercolor images capturing the girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling, and spinning across the pages. The little girl’s family of toys help her create a dream-like circus show before she falls fast asleep.

Admission to the museum is adults $15, children $15, seniors over 62 $10, children under 1, free.

For more information on the event, visit www.steppingstonestonesmuseum.org . For more information on the author, visit www.clarepernice.com .

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