Queen of the Falls

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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Come meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride!

At the turn of the nineteenth century, a retired sixty-two-year-old charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and fortune, decided to do something that no one in the world had ever done before--she would go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel.

She could remember standing in a park near the falls, hypnotized by the sight and sound, and holding her father's hand as they took a walk that would lead them closer. That's what everyone wonders when they see Niagara . . . How close will their courage let them get to it?

This gorgeous, imaginative picture book is from two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express.


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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

I'm giving this a 2.5 because I was very disappointed in the manner in which the story was told, it just didn't hold the excitement and quite frankly, I was bored. In fact not even Van Allsburg's ... Read full review

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User Review  - mhilary - LibraryThing

This was a fun account of the person that went over Niagrar Falls. Annie Edson Taylor's idea that she would become rich and famous very much falls inline with how people today use technology to get known and become celebrities. Read full review

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Chris Van Allsburg has won two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, a Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, and the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children. He has never gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel.