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

by Candace Fleming

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Biography of P.T. Barnum with many details about America and the world during his lifetime. Laid out nicely, lots of great photos. Good for Grades 5 and up. Curricular connections: Social Studies or English discussion--what are modern views of animal captivity and human "curiosities" vs. the contemporary attitudes described in the book? ( )
  KristineCA | Mar 26, 2016 |
Wow, P.T. Barnum was a money-grubbing publicity hound! That's how it comes off initially and his lack of involvement with his wife and daughters doesn't help. But in essence, this is a readable and wildly interesting biography about a man who knew how to strike when the iron was just hot and had his finger on the pulse of what would entertain Americans. Some of the interesting bits include the "freaks" he found for his museum and his life outside the American Museum and the circus. Now I know more about the "Barnum" in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This was a fun informative book, well-written and layed out. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a fun informative book, well-written and layed out. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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 |
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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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