The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum /

by Fleming, Candace; Fenwick, Ray [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: 151 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780375945977; 0375945970.Subject(s): Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891 -- Juvenile literature | Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891 | Circus owners -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Circus owners
Contents:
"I am a showman" -- That Barnum boy -- The apprentice showman -- A visit to the American Museum -- Humbug! -- A miniature man and a nightingale -- The man behind the curtain -- Endings and beginnings -- Circus man -- Come to the circus -- The egress.
A Junior Library Guild selection.Summary: 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.
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Step right up Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum <br>The award-winning author of The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin's Almanac 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 From the Hardcover edition.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 144-145) and index.

"I am a showman" -- That Barnum boy -- The apprentice showman -- A visit to the American Museum -- Humbug! -- A miniature man and a nightingale -- The man behind the curtain -- Endings and beginnings -- Circus man -- Come to the circus -- The egress.

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.

Ages 8-12.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) Today's young readers are likely to associate the name of P. T. Barnum only with the circus that bears his name, and while he was indeed a pioneer of the big top, he had an equally indelible effect on the history of museums and zoology in this country. While Fleming lauds his many accomplishments, she does not shy away from the ethical issues -- slavery, the mistreatment of animals, exploitation, and fakery -- that, from a modern perspective, threaten to tarnish his legacy. At first glance it may appear that Fleming has abandoned her trademark scrapbook format (Ben Franklin's Almanac, Our Eleanor, The Lincolns) for a more conventional biography, but vestiges of her earlier approach remain in a handsome book design that includes an abundant supply of photographs and illustrations, not to mention a narrative frequently punctuated by sidebars and subheadings. When an impertinent reporter asked Barnum whether he ever wished he had done something more important with his life, he answered, "Amusement may not be the great aim of life, but it gives zest to our days." If P. T. Barnum does not have quite the same gravitas as Abraham and Mary Lincoln, his life's work was important in its own way, and this biography captures the spirit of the man and his era. A bibliography, notes, and an index are appended. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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