Monday, July 5, 2010
Happy 200th Birthday P.T. Barnum
Today is the 200th anniversary of the great P.T. Barnum....the man who is considered the Greatest Showman of all time. He is an interesting subject for kids because of his extraordinary life and all that he contributed to history. I have always felt he was a fascinating person because he turned the mundane into spectacular....
Here are some books I think kids would enjoy about P.T. Barnum:
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming illustrated by Ray Fenwick from Random House is great for older children, although younger ones who read well will also enjoy it. It has lots of photos and interesting information.
Twenty-one Elephants by Phil Bildner illustrated by LeUyen Pham from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is a picture book based on a true story of when Barnum marched 21 elephants over the newly built Brooklyn Bridge. It fun story with great illustrations for the younger child.
There are also many biographies for children on P.T. Barnum but these are a great introduction to his life.