The Giant and how he humbugged America / Jim Murphy.

By: Murphy, Jim, 1947-Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012Edition: 1st edISBN: 9780439691840 (hbk.); 0439691842 (hbk.)Subject(s): Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891 -- Juvenile literature | Cardiff giant -- Juvenile literature | Forgery of antiquities -- New York (State) -- Cardiff -- Juvenile literature | Cardiff (N.Y.) -- Antiquities -- Juvenile literature | New York (State) -- Antiquities -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 974.7 LOC classification: F129.C27 | M87 2012
Contents:
The discovery -- Word spreads -- The scientists' opinions -- Open for business -- Changes -- Embarrassing accusations -- The ugly truth -- A giant move -- Enter Barnum -- Giant problems all around -- A giant farewell -- A final resting place -- Other famous hoaxes -- A word about my research.
Summary: A description of the Cardiff Giant mystery in which a man in upstate New York buried a ten-foot-tall, petrified model of a man, which was discovered by well diggers a year later, and set into motion a money-making spectacle.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-108) and index.

The discovery -- Word spreads -- The scientists' opinions -- Open for business -- Changes -- Embarrassing accusations -- The ugly truth -- A giant move -- Enter Barnum -- Giant problems all around -- A giant farewell -- A final resting place -- Other famous hoaxes -- A word about my research.

A description of the Cardiff Giant mystery in which a man in upstate New York buried a ten-foot-tall, petrified model of a man, which was discovered by well diggers a year later, and set into motion a money-making spectacle.

Grades 2-6.

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Gr 5 Up-Murphy investigates a clever and successful scheme during the 1800s, sharing with readers how several men in upstate New York were able to fool the public and make thousands of dollars. When William Newell decided to have a well dug on his farm, the men hired to do the digging became quite excited when a 10-foot giant was uncovered in the field. Experts called in to determine the origins-whether a statue or petrified giant-couldn't agree. There were those who believed it was possibly a giant from the local Onondaga Indian tribe or a giant like Goliath from the Bible. Crowds gathered, and, in a matter of days, thousands came to see for themselves the amazing giant upon hearing about it by word of mouth and newspaper reports. Readers will question the origins of the giant until about halfway through the book, when hints of the truth slowly expose the actual origin of the Cardiff giant, keeping them enthralled with the strange turn of events. As this was also the time in history of other questionable events, doubters and naysayers did exist. So did other men wanting to cash in on the opportunity, creating an even greater exhibition. Photos, a cast of characters, additional information on other famous hoaxes, research on the topic, and extensive source notes complete this fun, exciting, and lively account.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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