Robert Wadlow: The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World's Tallest Man

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Jennifer Phillips, Sep 2, 2019 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 36 pages
Imagine being the tallest person in the world. As a child. You just keep growing and growing and growing...six feet...eight feet up. The world is made in miniature and you must constantly endure. The crush of public attention is relentless. Some people are kind, some are mean. All are curious. This may sound like a tale from long ago, but this is the inspirational true life story of young Robert Wadlow. The victim of an overactive pituitary gland, Robert lived from 1918 to 1940. He stood just shy of 9 feet tall by the time of his death at age 22. Robert didn't choose his situation, but his accomplishment was in how he handled it. Children's biography includes historical images.This is the updated edition released in September 2019. The version with a blue cover is the older edition first released in 2010.

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A short biography of Robert Wadlow of Alton, who died in 1940 at age 22 of a foot infection, the tallest man who ever lived at just over 8'11". This is geared toward schoolchildren, and has a set of ... Read full review

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Jennifer Phillips grew up in Alton, Illinois and doesn't remember a time when she didn't know Robert Wadlow's story. There were school field trips to the Wadlow Room at the Franklin Masonic Lodge and visits to the Alton museum. Even now, she always visits Robert's statue when going home. A former newspaper reporter, Jennifer lives in Shoreline, Washington and likes to write about almost anything and everything. She especially likes writing for children but has done her share of writing for grown-ups, too. You can find additional activities related to Robert Wadlow, as well as her other works, at

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