Sunday, June 5, 2011

Reference Sunday: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg has always been an incredible storyteller.   His stories and illustrations are iconic and unforgettable.   His newest book is a departure for him because it is based on a true story.  

Queen of the Falls
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.  

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