Author Talk & Book Signing: Pallenberg Wonder Bears

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Join us for an afternoon with authors Peggy Adler and Dibirma Jean Burnham as they share a presentation about their newly published book, Pallenberg Wonder Bears – From the Beginning, which relates the history of renowned bear trainer Emil Pallenberg. The authors will discuss the book and share fascinating details of the story captured on historic film. Afterward, the authors will take questions. Copies of the book have been donated by the publisher and will be raffle prizes at this event. 

About the book:

“Hot off the press, Pallenberg Wonder Bears – From the Beginning, by Peggy Adler and Dibirma Jean Burnham, the true story of Emil Pallenberg (1888-1963), who is considered to have been the greatest bear trainer of his time. In 1908, he became the first person to teach a bear to ride a bicycle. He also taught his bears to roller skate, dance, walk on stilts, play musical instruments and walk the tight rope. The Pallenberg’s bears appeared in major motion pictures—and one was on Broadway for over a year. Laura was in the 1932 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein Musical, Music in the Air, while Mischka (aka Carmichael) was featured in a movie with Jack BennyYet when the Pallenbergs and their Wonder Bears weren’t performing, they all lived in our little shoreline town of Clinton, Connecticut.”—Peggy Adler


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