Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan by Anne RenaudExtraordinary Life of Anna Swan by Anne Renaud

Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan

byAnne Renaud

Paperback | May 13, 2013

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On a balmy August morning in 1846, a child was born to Ann and Alexander Swan in the couple’s small wood cabin in Millbrook, Colchester County, Nova Scotia. This in itself was not odd, as home was where babies where most often born in the mid 19th century. What was surprising, however, was that Anna Swan weighed an amazing 6 kilograms (13 pounds) –almost twice the size of an average newborn.

Anna Swan grew to an astonishing size –nearly 2.5 meters (almost 8 feet) tall. She was billed as “The Nova Scotia Giant Girl” at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York. But despite her unusual and challenging physical attributes, she rose above adversity and led the life of love, happiness and great accomplishments. This is her remarkable story.  

Anne Renaud is a life-long Quebecker. She received her Bachelor of Translation from Concordia University in Montreal. Anne is the author of several picture books, as well as historical non-fiction books for children, including A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival; Island of Hope and Sorrow: The Story of Gross...
Title:Extraordinary Life of Anna SwanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:51 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.13 inPublished:May 13, 2013Publisher:Cape Breton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897009992

ISBN - 13:9781897009994


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must-read for youth I had never heard of Anna Swan before picking up this light read, but am so happy to have learned about her life. A giantess who spent her time traveling, entertaining, and enjoying time with family and friends, Swan serves as a wonderful role model for youth who may be struggling to accept themselves or others as they are. Well written and featuring beautiful historic photographs, this book would be a wonderful read for youth in or out of the classroom. For teachers, the author has facilitated learning through the inclusion of a timeline and lexicon that any student will appreciate. This is a must-read for the youth in your life!
Date published: 2015-03-17