Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg -ADVISABLE

Van Allsburg, Chris Queen of the Falls, 40 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011. $12.91.
This book is a fictionalized telling of the true story of Annie Edson Taylor, the first women to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was quite old when she decided to pursue her dream, and she never gave up on it.
There are some profound lessons here for the taking, without being overtly pushed at you. Would make a great book for discussion and even curriculum connection. Students will love her bravery and the artwork is, of course, outstanding.
Elementary - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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