Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg is the based on the true account of Annie Edson Taylor a 62 years old woman who in 1901 decided to have the adventure of a lifetime. The fact that her idea of an adventure is riding in a barrel over Niagara Falls is even more amazing. I love this story. It is a great way to show children that we are never too old to do something new. Annie Edson Taylor is a new heroine for little girls to look up to. While we may not want our children to do something quite as dangerous as this, I do think we want our children to never stop experiencing life.
Mr Van Allsburg's illustrations are wonderful as usual but even his words paint a picture. His description of the Falls themselves made me feel like I was actually there.