Gr 3-6A disappointing gathering of genuinely interesting details. The text is unbalanced and disorganized, and the brief index does not give readers much guidance in locating information. Fisher tells of the daredevil men and women who have challenged the falls, discusses the controversy over the Seneca legend, and describes the power plant that harnesses Niagara's energy. The text is not presented chronologically and information jumps from an event in 1995 to a moment in history in 1805 in the following paragraph. The book ends abruptly, summing up years of history, legend, and intrigue in two short paragraphs. The facts, myths, and episodes mentioned are indeed exciting; however, the fuzzy black-and-white photographs and reproductions, unexciting text, and frustrating layout make this a book that falls short of portraying the beauty and magic of a natural wonder.Olga Kuharets, University City Regional Library, Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, NC
In an account published in 1683, the first European to write about Niagara Falls, Father Louis Hennepin of France, called it a "Waterfall, which has no equal." Fisher (William Tell, 1996, etc.) creates a readable, humorous history of the falls from the 1500s, when the Seneca tribe controlled the area around it, to the times, past and present, when it has been a popular tourist attraction ("There I stood, and humbly scanned/The miracle that sense appals,/And I watched the tourists stand/Spitting in Niagara Falls"Morris Bishop) and a great natural source of water power. Fisher's inclusion of the death-defying stunts (from walking a tightrope over the falls to plunging over them in barrels) by daredevils seeking fame and fortune is sure to entertain readers.