The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming
The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

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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!
 

About Candace Fleming

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Candace Fleming is the prolific author of many critically acclaimed, bestselling books for children. She lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
 
Published September 8, 2009 by Schwartz & Wade. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The author takes readers on a riveting tour of Barnum’s seemingly cursed American Museum, where they encounter such fascinating characters as Siamese twins Chang and Eng and the “Living Skeleton.” Much as she admires her subject, she does not flinch in revealing Barnum’s notable faults—his cruelt...

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A vivid biography of P. T. Barnum and a picture book about a Parisian mouse circus.

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Common Sense Media

By today's standards -- and often the standards of his own time -- Barnum was not a particularly ethical man.

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Youth Services Book Review

Fleming includes a bibliography, though she admits that it does not include every source that she consulted, that includes books and interactive websites (sadly, two of the links provided in the book are incorrect).

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

An outstanding biography, The Great and Only Barnum begins with a brief overview of the powerful impact P.T.

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