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Lynn Polke added 2 new photos.

“As a circus showgirl, there were many days the magic in my costumes got me through. This sweet read touches on the importance of every job that went into making it “The Greatest Show on Earth”! Beautifully illustrated too. Thank you, Lisa Gammon Olson,  I will cherish this book.”

Thank you, Lynne Polke for the lovely review!


“A most delightful children’s book arrived at my home today, “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” by Lisa Gammon Olson. This story of sewing circus costumes is told by young seamstress, Nora. The combination of vividly detailed circus illustrations woven with Nora’s story of her circus life observations draws the reader in. This book is packed full of quality circus information. “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” brings circus life to young and old alike in a most enjoyable way!”

Thank you for the review April! (APRIL IS THE FOURTH COUSIN 6 TIMES REMOVED OF PHINEAS TAYLOR BARNUM!) Wow!! So humbled by your kindness! 

April Anderson Byrem

March 3 at 5:27pm

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“I realize this page isn’t usually used for commercial purposes BUT I have just received the most magnificent children’s book titled SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS by our friend Lisa Gammon. If you have kids or grand kids…or if you just want an excellent new book for your circus library click on the link at the bottom of this post

The story is set in Baraboo Winter Quarters in 1912 and tells the tale of a young girl who sews costumes for the Ringling Circus. It is a great story that the kids will love with amazing illustrations (and mentions of elephants, May Wirth and much more!)

Seriously – don’t let this one slip away from you (or your grandkids!). You can order it direct at

Nice work Lisa!”

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