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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Fleming Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Come one, come all to this larger-than-life biography of P. T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Visit Barnum's American Museum, established in only four weeks! Meet Madame Josephine Clofulia, the Swiss Bearded Lady. Get to know Tom Thumb, a miniature man (only twenty-five inches tall), and his tiny bride (32 inches). Watch as the circus parade goes by, elephants tail to trunk, costumed performers waving, lions yawning. Then, under the big top, as Barnum steps into the spotlight, cast your eyes on the center ring and prepare to be amazed.

Drawing on old circus posters, photographs, etchings, ticket stubs, playbills, award-winning author Candace Fleming presents history as it's never been experienced before - a stupendous, tremendous, showstopping event!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/16/2014

    " A fascinating person! I am a great admirer of Candce Fleming. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction are always excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nina Gayle | 2/15/2014

    " This is a well-written and fascinating book complete with sidebars, table of contents, bibliography, source notes, picture credits and index. The illustrations and photographs are marvelous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shawn Thrasher | 2/13/2014

    " Barnum's life is so interesting that any book would be a joy to read; Fleming's book, although not perfect, was perfectly enjoyable. My only complaint - and it's a big one - was the many, many inset boxes of text with additional facts and information. WHY? What's the point? If this is a tactic to mimic kids' history textbooks, why would you want to do that? Kids' history text books SUCK. They are Boring. Or is it supposed to appeal to kids' lack of attention and increased reliance on visual cues - then why not include more pictures and less text? This almost - almost, mind you, not completely - ruined the book for me. Fleming is a good writer, so that more than made up for some bad design choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " I read this one after seeing Water for Elephants. This makes a perfect report for upper elementary and middle school. It's a bit long at 160 pages, but gives entertaining insight into Barnum and behind the scenes of the circus. "

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