March 9 Birthday: Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant

Ella Kate Ewing, circus sideshow attraction

Mar. 9, 1872-Jan. 10, 1913

Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise (Dial, 2010)

Born a normal-sized baby, Ella Kate Ewing would continue to grow and become the tallest woman of her era (over 8 feet tall). Often ridiculed because of her height, she didn’t let the bullying stop her from following her dreams. She became famous as a museum and circus sideshow attraction.