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Niagara Falls (Wonders of America Series)
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Niagara Falls (Wonders of America Series)

by Marion Dane Bauer, John Wallace (Illustrator)

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Niagara Falls is beautiful and exciting. Read along to discover how the Falls were made and the history that surrounds them.


Niagara Falls is beautiful and exciting. Read along to discover how the Falls were made and the history that surrounds them.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Bauer describes how glaciers formed the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls. The word "Niagra" means "thunder of the waters" in the Seneca language. There is information about how the falls became North America's first tourist attraction and the crazy stunts people performed, such as going over the falls in a barrel and tightrope walking across the falls. While that is of some interest, more about the falls would have made this a better companion to Grand Canyon, both of which are part of the "Wonders of America" series. The illustrations are serviceable, but do not really convey the grandeur of these waterfalls. Part of the "Ready-to-Read" series, this is a level one book aimed at kids starting to read.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-With its softly colored, naive-style watercolors, simple vocabulary, and large typeface, this Level One reader introduces a popular site. Bauer tells how the Falls were formed and discusses the Native American origin of the word Niagara and the attraction of the Falls for daredevils. A fact page for older readers is included. This is a worthy purchase for one-on-one or group sharing, or for beginning readers.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Wonders of America Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

John Wallace’s formal training was not in illustration, but rather theology, which he received at Cambridge University. However, he always loved drawing, and one of his early jobs was as a newspaper cartoonist. In his children’s books illustrations, John is particularly inspired by what he calls “the gooniness” of young school children. John and his family divide their time between Brighton, England, and Long Island, New York.

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