Queen of the Falls

Queen of the Falls

by Chris Van Allsburg

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Overview

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?

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.

Come meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547775135
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 667,363
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

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.

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com. 

Hometown:

Providence, Rhode Island

Date of Birth:

June 18, 1949

Place of Birth:

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Education:

University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Van Allsburg’s foray into nonfiction is filled with the same suspense, surrealism, and menace that have thrilled readers of his fiction."—School Library Journal, starred review

"In this unromantic and bittersweet account, Van Allsburg presents the feat as born as much out of need as of courage, with Taylor portrayed as a hardheaded eccentric and an unlikely queen."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A daredevil story is an easy sell for almost any kid audience, and a daredevil story by a beloved storyteller is just about as good as it gets."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"An odd, unsettling meditation on fame."—Kirkus Reviews

"This illustrated biography climaxes beautifully with a double-page spread of the great falls, a tiny barrel bobbing in the current, and a powerful one-line text: '"Oh, Lord," she whispered, and then she was gone.'"—The Horn Book

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Queen of the Falls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
From the inside flap: "Why had so many people gathered to watch a barrel plunge over the waterfall? Wouldn't tons of water pouning onto the rocks below have simply broken it to pieces? And yet there they stood, watching and waiting, holding their breath __ waiting, because they all knew the barrel was not empty! Come and meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride! At the turn of the century, a retired charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and furtune, decided to do soemthing that no one in the world had ever done before -- she would go over Niagrara Falls in a wooden barrel." What I liked about the book: The illustrations of course. Van Allsburg is one of my favorite illustrators. His drawings are always magically realistic. This one is no exception. I like that it is a true story told in picture book format. Granted the text is longer than most picture books, but it is perfect for a quick introduction to biographies. It would also be good for sparking discussion on people stepping outside their expected roles. Who would ever expect an elderly charm school teacher to take on such an adventure, especially during the early 1900s? What I didn't like about the book: I'm not sure it will truly appeal to children. Adults, especially teachers, are more likely to appreciate it than students. It's not a book I can envision children snatching off the shelf for an impulse read. They are more likely to read as part of an assignment. Recommended for 4th grade and up. Mrs. Archer's Rating: 4 of 5 (though as always, I would give Van Allsburg 5 for the illustrations)!
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hadn't actually heard of Annie Edson Taylor before and discovered this book while trying to see if van Allsburg had done anything new. Although it's a children's biography, the story is compelling and the drawings are fantastic, as usual. Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survived to tell the story, though most people didn't believe her because she was so old. I found the whole book touching and sweet, partly because of the writing and the story, but also through van Allsburg's fantastic drawings.
srpeacock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The describes Annie Edson Taylor's daring adventure over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the inside flap:"Why had so many people gathered to watch a barrel plunge over the waterfall? Wouldn't tons of water pouning onto the rocks below have simply broken it to pieces? And yet there they stood, watching and waiting, holding their breath __ waiting, because they all knew the barrel was not empty!Come and meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride! At the turn of the century, a retired charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and furtune, decided to do soemthing that no one in the world had ever done before -- she would go over Niagrara Falls in a wooden barrel."What I liked about the book: The illustrations of course. Van Allsburg is one of my favorite illustrators. His drawings are always magically realistic. This one is no exception. I like that it is a true story told in picture book format. Granted the text is longer than most picture books, but it is perfect for a quick introduction to biographies. It would also be good for sparking discussion on people stepping outside their expected roles. Who would ever expect an elderly charm school teacher to take on such an adventure, especially during the early 1900s?What I didn't like about the book: I'm not sure it will truly appeal to children. Adults, especially teachers, are more likely to appreciate it than students. It's not a book I can envision children snatching off the shelf for an impulse read. They are more likely to read as part of an assignment.Recommended for 4th grade and up.Mrs. Archer's Rating: 4 of 5 (though as always, I would give Van Allsburg 5 for the illustrations)!
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s always disconcerting when a writer jumps genres, so to speak. Van Allsburg has always been the king of my heart for his amazing fantasy children¿s picture books. I thought this would be yet another one, but, instead, Van Allsburg has decided to tell the true story of the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I¿m not always happy when nonfiction writers try fiction or vice versa, but that did not happen this time; Van Allsburg told this story perfectly. His pictures, as always, are breathtaking. I was delighted with this book.
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