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

by Fleming, Candace,

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 13 of 14 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Biography JUV 92 BARNUM, P. T.
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j GV1811.B3 F55 2009
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Teen Biography YA B Bar
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Biography J 92 BARNUM P.T.
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography YA 92 BAR
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Biography J BIO BARNUM
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B BARNUM
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y 92 BARNUM
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Discover the true story of P.T. Barnum, the man who created the world-famous Barnum & Bailey Circus, as featured in the movie The Greatest Showman !

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!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In this sweeping yet cohesive biography, Fleming so finely tunes Barnum's legendary ballyhoo that you can practically hear the hucksterism and smell the sawdust. It's a quintessentially American tale: born poor in 1810, Phineas Taylor Barnum stormed through the nineteenth century as a small-time pitchman, museum founder, traveling exhibitionist, and finally, circus owner. Along the way he improvised (kick-starting his career with the impulsive purchase of a 161-year-old slave), misled (a mermaid that was no more than creative taxidermy), and persevered through the kind of fiery calamities that would've squashed most men. Fleming lingers on Barnum's American Museum, guiding us through each exhibit as if we were the ones plunking down 25 cents to see the Swiss Bearded Lady or the Living Skeleton. Fleming doesn't shrink from the Prince of Humbug's dark side, either, painting him as a heavy drinker, a potential corrupter of the dwarf Tom Thumb (who was smoking cigars by age seven), and a cruel husband who hastily married a woman 40 years his junior. The material is inherently juicy, but credit Fleming's vivacious prose, bountiful period illustrations, and copious source notes for fashioning a full picture of one of the forbearers of modern celebrity.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The life of showman Phineas Taylor Barnum gets show-stopping treatment in Fleming's (The Lincolns) latest biographical work. Presented as clever, resilient and ever-consumed with making a buck, the Barnum of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is brought to life in anecdotes over 11 chapters. Nicknamed "Tale" as a boy, he "hated farmwork" ("I was always ready to concoct fun, or lay plans for money-making, but hand-work was decidedly not in my line"). His personal struggles with alcohol and a less-than-happy marriage are detailed alongside his many public successes (and hoaxes). A tour of his famed American Museum and an account of a day at the circus (complete with descriptions of the human curiosities Barnum employed) set readers in the middle of the singular late 19th-century entertainment scene. As in a real circus, the large-format pages include plenty to grab readers' attention: white-on-black sidebars that put the entrepreneur's feats in context ("African Americans were barred from entering Barnum's American Museum except on certain days"), b&w photos and advertising posters. Audiences will step right up to this illuminating and thorough portrait of an entertainment legend. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects 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.
Publisher New York :2009
Edition First edition.
Contributors Fenwick, Ray, 1976- illustrator.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Awards A Junior Library Guild selection
Description 151 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-145) and index.
ISBN 9780375841972
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