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Jumbo: The Greatest Elephant in the World

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Jumbo was a superstar of the Victorian era. Every day tens of thousands of people would visit this adored animal known as the Children's Pet or, more simply, the Giant Elephant, at the London Zoo. When P.T. Barnum purchased him for his Greatest Show on Earth, Jumbo's transport to the U.S. made headlines for weeks, and he was an instant sensation in America. His name entered our lexicon as an adjective for oversized things, and half a century after his death his still-famous and unrivalled popularity was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Dumbo, But fame comes at a price and, like so many modern celebrities, Jumbo led a troubled private life that was far from idyllic. His best friend - a zookeeper named Matthew Scott, who remained by Jumbo's side in Britain and the United States for twenty years - was moody and manipulative, and Jumbo himself attracted rumors of violent tantrums, a fondness for drink, and of a wife he left behind in order to make it big in America.

From an eyewitness account of Jumbo's capture in Africa after ivory hunters had killed his parents, to his early years at the Paris zoo where he was mistreated and regarded as a disappointing runt, to his stunning growth spurt in London where he became the largest elephant in captivity, to the Jumbo craze that swept across Britain and the United States, Paul Chambers utilizes new archival material in fully telling Jumbo's story for the first time.

About the Author

] Paul Chambers is the author of eleven books on subjects as diverse as dinosaurs, the giant tortoise, and Londons Bedlam Hospital. He holds degrees in geology and paleontology, is a former television producer, and lives in Hertfordshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586421502
Author:
Chambers, Paul
Publisher:
Steerforth Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Programming Languages - General
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Jumbo (Elephant)
Subject:
Circus animals
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGE COLOR INSERT
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.60x5.00x.60 in. .48 lbs.

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