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Tents, Tigers, and the Ringling Brothers
By Jerry Apps
Books for young readers and teachers from the Office of School Services
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the publication of the newest addition to its Badger Biographies Series for young readers: "Tents, Tigers, and the Ringling Brothers" (Pub. Date: September 2006; Paperback $12.95 ISBN-10: 0-87020-374-6 / ISBN-13: 978-0-87020-374-9).
This heavily illustrated biography features the story of the young Ringling brothers of circus fame. The book tells the inspiring story of the seven sons of German and French immigrants who were guided by their dreams to escape poverty through hard work and ambition.
These entrepreneurial brothers moved with their parents to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where their fantastic circus adventure began. With no circus experience, the brothers tackled one of the riskiest businesses of the time, each brother contributing his unique talents to make their enterprise successful. Not only admired for their technological innovations, strategy and devotion to education, the Ringling brothers were esteemed for their genuine appreciation of their audience.
The WHS Press Badger Biography Series is intended for students grades four through eight. Diverse in scope, the series includes books on both famous and "regular" folks from all facets of Wisconsin history.
Renowned Wisconsin author Jerry Apps, who also wrote "Ringlingville USA", is proud to bring this story to a new generation of readers. Apps is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 15 books, many focusing on rural history and country life. He has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others.
"Tents, Tigers, and the Ringling Brothers" can be purchased online at www.wisconsinhistory.org or from the Wisconsin Historical Museum shop at 30 N. Carroll St., Madison, WI. The book is also available through local bookstores and online booksellers.
Media: For review copies of the book, author or book photos, or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact the Wisconsin Historical Society Press Phone: 608-264-6465/ Fax: 608-264-6486 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.