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

The Great and Only Barnum The Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman P T Barnum 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 biog

  • Title: The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
  • Author: Candace Fleming Ray Fenwick
  • ISBN: 9780375945977
  • Page: 157
  • Format: 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 manStep 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 From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I have always been a storyteller Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale And I told them all the time As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three legged cat named Spot In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family s trip to Paris, France.I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth But I wasn t I didn t have a three legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I d certainly never been to Paris, France I simply enjoyed telling a good story and seeing my listener s reaction.Sure, some people might have said I was a seven year old fibber But not my parents Instead of calling my stories fibs they called them imaginative They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper I did And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn t stop I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays I still have many of those notebooks They re precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.In second grade, I discovered a passion for language I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn shaped basket filled with papier mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word cornucopia I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips I tested it on my ears That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, Cornucopia Cornucopia From then on, I really began listening to words to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.As I grew, I continued to write stories But I never really thought of becoming an author Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion history I didn t realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories After all, some of the best stories are true ones tales of heroism and villainy made incredible by the fact they really happened.After graduation, I got married and had children I read to them a lot, and that s when I discovered the joy and music of children s books I simply couldn t get enough of them With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library I read stacks of books I found myself begging, Just one , pleeeeease while my boys begged for lights out and sleep Then it struck me Why not write children s books It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved stories, musical language, history, and reading I couldn t wait to get started.But writing children s books is harder than it looks For three years I wrote story after story I sent them to publisher after publisher And I received rejection letter after rejection letter Still, I didn t give up I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book My career as a children s author had begun.

    2. I am not a fan of PT Barnum which is heresy when you’ve lived in Bridgeport, CT. I understand my sensibilities about the commercialization of the unfortunates and his out and out frauds (George Washington’s nanny for one) are "modern" and that the times were different. I understand that he provided work for many that others would not in an era with no safety net programs. He was a far sighted entrepreneur, bouncing back after losses to build the iconic American Circus; he even built his own [...]

    3. “Love God and be merry.”—P.T. Barnum’s motto which he had painted on the wall of his homeI read this after seeing the musical The Greatest Showmanwhich left me hungry for all things Barnum. Reading about the showman’s actual life was almost as exciting as the wonderful film. I could not put this book down! I had things to do but it didn’t matter; I kept right on reading.Barnum was not a perfect person, but he was exceptional in many areas: business, showmanship, vision, imagination. [...]

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick, entertaining read. It was incredible to learn P.T. Barnum's history, from growing up with a prankster grandfather through his opening of the American Museum, tours of Europe with Tom Thumb, and his grand finale of the Greatest Show on Earth. Barnum raked in the dough fooling America's citizens and seemed to enjoy every minute of it - as did the citizens! No one seemed to mind his "humbuggery" a bit. One of the facts I found most interesting was, during the beginn [...]

    5. I loved this book! What a fascinating person Barnum was! Felt sorry for his wife, though, who looks sooo depressed in the photo on page 76. It's a darn shame that his two museums burned down. Fleming makes you feel as if you're touring through his first museum in chapter 4, proceeding from the entrance into each "saloon," as he called his exhibit rooms, and the theatre ("moral lecture hall") and finally out onto the street. Barnum was a master selling things and ideas to people, even when it was [...]

    6. I’m trying to work out why exactly this is the only children’s biography of P.T. Barnum I remember having seen before. I’m sure there are others. If I could just lift my lazy fingers high enough to type in “P.T. Barnum” into my library’s catalog system I’m sure I’d find a couple. But why only a couple? Why isn’t Barnum as popular a topic as, say, Houdini? Both spent their lives bamboozling people, one way or another. But where Houdini got off looking like a star, people are awf [...]

    7. I found this book at the Library and today I am going the movie about him. This is a wonderful about PT Barnum. He was a curious person and started out with opening different musuems with exhibits he thought people would love to see. He traveled the world with Tom Thumb. He did a small traveling circus himself before he hooked up with Mr Bailey. He was 60 years old when he got into the bigger circus and they made railcars just to fit their animals and gear. His vision was be a showman, and the G [...]

    8. I typically do not enjoy biographies but this was a wonderful read. At first I did not think Barnum was a good person but in the end I was convinced otherwise. If you are looking for a good biography to read this is a great choice.

    9. What a superbly put together book. Fleming shows off everything that was magical, mythical, and morally corrupt about Barnum with impeccably well-researched prose and a treasure trove of images. I'm not sure whether I adore him or despise him after reading this book, but he's certainly fascinating.Barnum grew up in a rural area of New England and got his start running good-natured con games after it was clear that he would be useless at farm labor. His first big break came after he had moved his [...]

    10. I did pretty much read this book through in one sitting. It is definitely readable - written in a straightforward style. The literary artistry and aesthetic appeal were lacking for me - the layouts were simple and the entire text is black and white which I thought was odd when you think about Barnum's work- it was probably filled with amazing color. The black/white contributed somewhat to the authority, though - because most of the pictures were of primary sources - pictures of Barnum and the cu [...]

    11. Jamie PoormanAPA Citation: Fleming, C. (2009) The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum. New York: Schwartz & Wade.Genre: BiographyFormat: Print (Hardcover, 151 pages)Awards: Yalsa Nonfiction Award Finalist (2010)Selection Process: Booklist starred review, Junior Literary Guild selection The fast-paced, visually appealling format of this book feels like a visit to Barnum’s greatest show on earth itself! Filled with photographs and sidebar notes that [...]

    12. P.T. Barnum is probably best known as a founder of the Barnum and Bailey circus, but readers may be surprised to learn that was one of the last things he did. Barnum had a knack for show business and marketing, and knew just what to do to lure customers in. He spent many years collecting exhibits and exotic people for his American Museum, then worked with a number of circuses before finally partnering with Bailey. His life story is a fascinating look at how one man change the face of entertainme [...]

    13. Fleming has masterfully combined the story of P.T. Barnum's colorful life (he was not always a saint!) and his ever-expanding knack for show business, weaving in the history of the 19th century to create an interesting and well-balanced look at the man and the time. Though this is meant for a young audience -- I would say it's appropriate and of interest to 4th grade and up -- the author doesn't shy away from the truth of his ambition, the neglect of his family, his alcoholism and religious rede [...]

    14. A fantasic look at the life of America's premier Showman. In clear, accessible text, Fleming begins her story just before Barnum's birth and ends just after his death. Reproductions of photographs, engravings, posters, and other images appear throughout the book, providing exactly what visitors to his museum(s) came for - a chance to see the wonders with their own eyes. Unfortunately, many of these images, particularly those of posters and engravings that feature a good amount of text, are very [...]

    15. 4starPPhotographs and pen-and-ink illustrationsRadical ChangeGrades 4 and upThe subtitle, "The Tremendous Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum" perfectly describes this excellent biography that reads like an exciting story. Fascinating look at a man who was both an innovative, creative businessmen and an absent father. The book captures the museum and circus he created so vividly, it makes you feel like you were there. Fun sidebars explain things such as "Mr. Proler's Secret Recipe for Bear Gr [...]

    16. By all accounts (particularly his own!) Barnum was an amazing personality who led a stupendous life. Though this short biography can only graze the surface, it does a wonderful job bringing the showman to life. Even as a young man, Barnum spent a lot of time "thinking up ways to make money while avoiding work". Not that he was not hard-working, but what interested him was "headwork", not laboring in the soil. The book is very readable, with many sidebars of interesting facts, and black and white [...]

    17. A truly wonderful biography about perhaps the greatest showman the world has ever known. This is not you traditional bio, however. There are sidebar features on almost every page that spotlight interesting tidbits about Barnum's life, his family and his amazing accomplishments. There are also countless photos of Barnum's promotional materials and illustrations of his amazing museums, which were once the most popular tourist attractions in all of New York City. The book is enlightening and fair i [...]

    18. This book is the story about Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum. It chronicles P.T.’s life including the rise and fall of P.T.’s extraordinary museum and later his business in the traveling circus. P.T. was a very driven and determined man who always knew he was destined for greatness. He worked very hard, oftentimes neglected his family, and was known for his great “pranks” on the public. He faced a lot of trials and tribulations throughout his life but always managed to come out on “top” [...]

    19. I was amazed by this book - first in that it was easy to read, had tons of fabulous pictures, and never once did I lose interest. This is a hard mixture to attain in the world of biographies - especially for children. I'm doing to look for other books by this author. She did an amazing job - just reading her bio at the end for the amount of work she put into this makes me respect her a great deal. Definitely a book I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the circus.

    20. I don't often read biographies, but I enjoyed this one immensely. It is not only about P. T. Barnum, but about his museums and circus. It's not boring but very interesting, especially if you love the circus

    21. Like many others will, I searched out this book after watching (and loving) The Greatest Showman, a made-up musical that clearly states its mission: the joy you'll feel watching it isn't humbug, even if you received it through a humbug version of events. (Which is kind of the point of most musicals - Thomas Jefferson isn't exactly his historical slave-raping self in Hamilton, either). Still, I was hearing a lot of anger over the movie's positive portrayal of a racist con artist, and felt I shoul [...]

    22. I can only say I liked the book and didn't love the book because I honestly do not like P. T. Barnum AT ALL. I know that's not a fair review of the author's work and I hope that Ms. Fleming will understand where I'm coming from. I think hers is a fair portrayal of the man. The old-timey artwork used throughout is fun. The photos and illustrations are informative. I think some unnecessary bias (perhaps influence) was provided in the photo captions at times. For instance, there is a photo on page [...]

    23. NON-FICTION / INFORMATIONALThis book begins with the origins of Phineas Taylor Barnum, who would later become internationally known as P.T. Barnum, the "greatest showman." His humble beginnings in small town Connecticut instilled a desire to work smarter rather than harder. Over the course of his eighty one years, P.T. Barnum created two "museums," countless acts ranging from bearded women to performing pachyderms, and finally put his name on several circuses, ultimately settling into a partners [...]

    24. Okay, so I read an overview of Phineas Taylor Barnum and his passion for the extraordinary, for scamming others, for ditching his first wife Charity to 'follow-his-dream' and abandoning his daughters, only to 'fraternize' with lovelies away-from-home, and within 3-months of Charity's passing, marry Nancy Fish, a 23-year old to keep him til his own passing. I only gave this book 3-stars (at-best), since though Candace Fleming painstakingly portrayed him as a 'Showman' that glittered-up the US and [...]

    25. Fascinating coverage of Barnum's life and the development of museums and circuses--which are surprisingly parallel! I picked this up because I recently saw The Greatest Showman and I love Fleming's books and I was not disappointed. The photographs alone are amazing--they are small and black and white and yet I still was mesmerized--no wonder the people of the day were so taken by the real things! The Feejee Mermaid, Tom Thumb, the Siamese twins, various other large and small people and so many [...]

    26. Still on the high from watching The Greatest Showman, my interest in that showman, P.T. Barnum, was piqued. Although the real circus man was no Hugh Jackman, I really appreciated learning more about his life and story. This seems to be a fair and honest assessment of his good and bad qualities. And it made me love the movie even more! (If that's possible.) I especially liked that there were so many direct quotes from Barnum, so you really got the feeling like you were getting to know him. I reco [...]

    27. This book is really geared for older kids, maybe 5-8th grade level. But, I wanted to learn more about PT Barnum after watching The Greatest Showman, and there aren’t many biographies available. I enjoyed reading this. I thought it was very well done. The pictures were fun, and the story was well written. I think that any biography of PT Barnum should include pictures. An interesting book about an interesting man.

    28. Really interesting My interest was peaked by the movie "The Greatest Showman" and I happened to have this in my library already. I'm disappointed that his relationship with his wife wasn't exactly the love affair portrayed onscreen, but he was a pretty fascinating character who didn't seem to tire. Interesting, the way he felt about his "sideshow" performers Seemed to genuinely care about his employees and animals, but always trying to earn his next dollar.

    29. Seeing the movie, The Greatest Showman, inspired me to delve into this middle school biography, The Great and Only Barnum. The facts and information within the the book support the story of P. T. Barnum. There are some variations, but the book is a great companion to the movie. This biography has inspired me to tackle the SMS biography of Jumbo next. Can't wait to pair background knowledge with new learning!

    30. A really terrific biography for young people, well written and researched. It does not shy away from more controversial parts of Barnum's life, but handles them in an age appropriate way. I was inspired to read this after viewing the movie The Greatest Showman. Hand this to kids who love that movie to learn about the real P.T. Barnum. (I'm also from the Ringling Brothers' home town, so this was especially enjoyable to add to my knowledge of circus history.)

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