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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
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Sep 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, childrens, canada, biography, nonfiction, other-usa
Recommended for: parents reading with their children
Read on September 14, 2011 , read count: 1

This is a fascinating account of the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls, in a barrel. The illustrations are very vivid, in grainy sepia tones, which gives them an old fashioned feel. And the narrative is long, but quite interesting. Our girls were not anxious for me to read this book. In fact, we've had this one at home for several weeks and it's time to return it, so despite their protests, I chose to read it. They were engrossed from the beginning and I think they really ended up liking it after all. It speaks to an earlier time, when an old woman is desperate to get some money and decides to attempt a dangerous, potentially fatal stunt in order to gain fame and fortune. She never truly gained either, but at least this book (along with others such as Queen of the Mist: The Story of Annie Edson Taylor, First Person Ever to Go over Niagara Falls and Survive) will help to immortalize her story. Recommended for grades 2-6.

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