Queen of the Falls Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The New York Times best-selling author of Jumanji and The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg has garnered the National Book Award, multiple Caldecott Medals, and the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. Queen of the Falls highlights the death-defying attempt of 62-year-old former charm school teacher Annie Edson Taylor to be the first woman to survive the perilous plunge over Niagara Falls.
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|Listening Length||27 minutes|
|Author||Chris Van Allsburg|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 04, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #261,124 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Adventurer & Explorer Biographies for Children
#62 in History of Exploration for Children
#114 in Women Biographies for Children
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Weaknesses: I have to admit, I don't really see any weaknesses in this particular book, except maybe the length. Like many of Van Allsburg's books, this one has a lot of writing, making it more appropriate as a read-a-loud for an older audience.
I feel the story was well-told with appropriate photos. Details are provided as to why the barrel was a certain size, how and where she was placed upstream from the falls, and her manager (agent) who was to spread the word in advance of her plunge. This should be a very interesting addition to an elementary school library which is not likely to have this story on its shelves.
The pencil drawing is fantastic, and story is intriguing. Although some say the main character's motive and state of mind may mislead young readers, I say let the kids read all kinds of books to make their own judgement and decisions.
The book I bought was an used one, with several missing pages or cutout pages. The seller (not amazon) promptly refunded me the full amount without asking me to ship it back. The book is not usable anyway. I ended up borrowing one from school library.
The four star rating is as if I have bought a new one. This is a good book.
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Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations are always excellent. Many of his books are written with little or no words. This however, is a tale told in words and pictures. The story is beautifully written: concise yet complex and exciting enough to interest older readers, intrigue adults and catch the imagination of younger children.
This unusual woman is no stereotypical heroine. Does she succeed? Does she achieve fame and fortune? As always in any well written book, there's a subtle but thought provoking twist in the conclusion. Enjoy!