Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth (Young Reader Series)

Donald McManus

$24.00

In the early 1900s, the circus was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in America, and one of the most popular circus acts was the clown. Emmett Kelly decided to be a different type of clown—a sad-faced clown who reminded people of their struggles, but still made them laugh.   (2014)

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In the early 1900s, the circus was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in America, and one of the most popular circus acts was the clown. White-faced clowns in bright costumes made adults and children laugh with their silly antics. When the Great Depression caused many Americans to lose their jobs, Emmett Kelly decided to be a different type of clown—a sad-faced clown who reminded people of their struggles, but still made them laugh. His clown character, Weary Willie, inspired people to keep going during hard times. Because his clown character made people laugh and helped them with their troubles, Emmett Kelly became the most famous clown in the world.

This book is included in the nonfiction book series, Notable Missourians, for young readers in grades 4 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri.

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Study Guide for Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth [download pdf]

 

Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Early Years in Cabool, Missouri
Chapter 2: Emmett the Young Artist
Chapter 3: Discovering Weary Willie
Chapter 4: The Big time and a Big Fire
Chapter 5: The Greatest Show on Earth
Legacy: Emmett and Willie
Timeline
For Further Reading
Index
Image Credits

Authors

Donald McManus has a PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Theater Studies and is associate professor of theater studies and resident actor/director/ dramaturg at Emory University. He is the author of No Kidding: Clown as Protagonist in Twentieth-Century Theater (2003), which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. He is also a professional actor, director, musician, and clown.

John Hare is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist. He lives in Gladstone, Missouri.

Reviews

"... an excellent addition to school and public library shelves, highly recommend."

The Midwest Book Review, September 2014

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