Friday, December 18, 2009

Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

Fleming, Candace Imogene's Last Stand illustrated by Nancy Carpenter 40 pgs. Schwartz and Wade Books, 2009. PICTURE BOOK. $16.99. Imogene Tripp is a born and bred history buff. Her first words were "Four Score and Seven Years Ago" and from there all she would eat, think, and breathe was history. All of her attention is now focused on saving the towns historical society house. She cleans the place up and gets it all ready for tours, but nobody comes. Soon, she finds out that the house is going to be torn down to make a shoelace factory.....but not if she has anything to do with it!! All week she schemes and begs people to come and visit, but it isn't until she finds out a great secret about the house that people finally realize how great history can be. This is a cute story with a lovable character. It would be a great to use to perk students' interest in history. There are also mini bios on the front and back flaps about the historical figures that are referred to and quoted (by Imogene!) in the book. Loved it! EL-ESSENTIAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher.

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