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The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T.…

by Candace Fleming

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Summary: P.T. Barnum is the founder and showman of the Barnum and Bailey circus. This book follows him growing up in Connecticut to his first jobs in New York as a traveling showman and eventually to opening his own American Museum. He had begun the "freak show" type of show with people lining up at the door to look at the horrors behind his circus.

Personal reflection: I love the circus and it was interesting to see his upbringing and how he came to get into the business of being a showman.

Class use: Students can learn about the circus, and the history behind it. ( )
  allisonpollack | Apr 28, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Oct 15, 2014 |
A wondrous reflection on one of the largest names in circus history. Fleming does an excellent job creating an exciting atmosphere that is full of accessible information. I really appreciated being about to get a lot of additional information in terms of the sidebars and photo captions. This is a great book to interest readers in reading non-fiction books. ( )
  abcrane | Jun 8, 2014 |
This biography takes a look at the life of the entrepreneur and showman P.T. Barnum, the man behind The Greatest Show on Earth. From jumbo elephants to three-ring circuses, the story follows Barnum from his childhood to his amazing success to financial disaster and back again.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
A fun and interesting biography of P.T. Barnum. I liked the inset text boxes and abundance of images, especially all of the curiosities that Barnum featured in his museum and at his show. I also appreciated that his neglect of his wife and children and his drinking problem were addressed, but they seemed to be resolved overnight. I also liked that the book addressed the cultural and historic context of the sideshows and Barnum's treatment of the museum and circus animals. I think this would be a great biography for the upper elementary grades. ( )
  JessieP73 | Apr 6, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375841970, Hardcover)

Step right up! Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum!

The award-winning author of The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Amelia Lost, and Our Eleanor brings us the larger-than-life biography of showman P. T. Barnum. Known far and wide for his jumbo elephants, midgets, and three-ring circuses, here’ s a complete and captivating look at the man behind the Greatest Show on Earth. Readers can visit Barnum’s American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 inches tall) and his tinier bride (32 inches); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum’s legacy to the 19th century and beyond. Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs—and with incredible decorative art by Ray Fenwick—this book presents history as it’s never been experienced before—a show-stopping event!

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Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.… (more)

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