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

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

by Jennifer Phillips

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Overview

A children's biography about 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. Written for upper elementary readers. Lexile text measure: 770. Includes historical images.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011127694
Publisher: Jennifer Phillips
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 728,380
File size: 997 KB

About the Author

I wear a variety of hats in my daily life: freelance writer, mom, wife, director of innovation programs at a Seattle medical center. I'm also a former newspaper reporter and corporate writer.


I've been able to try many fun and interesting things so far in my life. For example, I started out reporting on crime and court stories, hanging out in police labs before shows like CSI made crime investigation so popular. I've ridden in helicopters while doing public relations for an aircraft manufacturer and watched surgeries as part of my healthcare work.


My husband and I have always been big on travel, going near or far depending on the time and money we have. Our family loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest (yes, we've been to Forks, Washington, home of the famous Twilight series), nearby Canada and the Western states. But travel has also taken me to England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Australia, China and Vietnam. I hope to see more of the world when I can!


I grew up in Alton, Illinois and this Midwestern upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s has been fueling some of my writing projects. My biography on Elijah Lovejoy is the first "hometown-inspired" project ready for sharing.


My second biography for young adults comes from the other side of the world. It's called Nina Kosterina: A Young Communist in Stalinist Russia is now available exclusively as an eBook published by Write Words Inc. So, I don't limit myself to my own backyard, but you often can find great stories right under your nose.


And speaking of noses, I definitely grew up with mine in books all of the time. We were a reading family. So, it felt like an appropriate name for my new writing business. You can learn more at noseinabookpublishing.com.

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Robert Wadlow - The Unique Life of the Boy Who Became the World's Tallest Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SvetlanaKovalkovaMcKenna More than 1 year ago
One of many things I loved about this book was that it possesses a rare quality that so many non-fiction biographies written for children lack. It teaches many valuable lessons about right and wrong in life without being in your face about it, just by telling Robert Wadlow's life story. You find out that being the tallest person in the world was not exactly "Christmas every day," alongside with cool facts how Robert's mom recycled his old clothes for use by other family members. It talks about growing up while looking very different from everyone else and finding your place in the world, community and in the lives of the ones closest to you. The book is funny, sad, informative, full of great historical photos, extraordinarily well researched, entertaining, and after you are done with it, it lives you feeling that you learned something new about the world we live in. At the end of the book there are a series of thoughtful questions and activities to explore that cover topics from history of Great depression and living in 1920s to science.
SvetlanaKovalkovaMcKenna More than 1 year ago
One of many things I loved about this book was that it possesses a rare quality that so many non-fiction biographies written for children lack. It teaches many valuable lessons about right and wrong in life without being in your face about it, just by telling Robert Wadlow's life story. You find out that being the tallest person in the world was not exactly "Christmas every day," alongside with cool facts how Robert's mom recycled his old clothes for use by other family members. It talks about growing up while looking very different from everyone else and finding your place in the world, community and in the lives of the ones closest to you. The book is funny, sad, informative, full of great historical photos, extraordinarily well researched, entertaining, and after you are done with it, it lives you feeling that you learned something new about the world we live in. At the end of the book there are a series of thoughtful questions and activities to explore that cover topics from history of Great depression and living in 1920s to science.