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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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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 and remains the world's tallest man in medical history listed in the Guinness World Records.

Robert didn't choose his situation, but his accomplishment was in how he handled it.

This children's biography includes historical images. This is the updated edition released in 2019.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734233605
Publisher: Jennifer Phillips
Publication date: 08/31/2019
Pages: 38
Sales rank: 491,779
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Phillips is a former newspaper reporter and corporate writer who grew up in the Illinois town where Robert Wadlow lived. She doesn't remember a time when she didn't know Robert's story. There were school field trips to the Wadlow Room at the Franklin Masonic Lodge and visits to the Alton museum. Even as a grown-up, she always visits Robert's statue when going home. Now a resident of Shoreline, Washington, she likes researching and writing both children's fiction and non-fiction, although she definitely has more ideas than time. You can see more of her work at

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