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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
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Jun 15, 11

bookshelves: biography, childrens-non-fiction
Read in June, 2011

In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a 62 year old widow and charm school teacher, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She survived, but the fame and fortune she was hoping for never quite materialized. I love biographies about little known people, and this picture book is perfect: just long enough to tell the story, and plentifully illustrated with Van Allsburg’s lovely drawings. I don't know if kids will pick this up on their own, but I'd definitely recommend it for biography projects for younger readers.
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