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Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great…

by Matt Tavares

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This is a biography book about the Great Blondin that announced that he was going to walk from America to Canada across the Niagara River on a rope that was more than 1,100 feet long and just 3 inches wide, hanging 160 feet above the raging river! It is an exciting book that would be a good addition to any biography unit. ( )
  kmann63 | Jul 25, 2017 |
This is the biography of Charles Blondin, as he became the first man to walk a tightrope across Niagra Falls. He then goes on to do it 17 more times while performing tricks, carrying his manager, Harry Colcord, on his back, pushing a wheelbarrow and other such antics. The illustrations enhance the feelings of awe and amazement wonderfully. ( )
  TiffaneyF. | Jul 16, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763668230, Hardcover)

Applaud Matt Tavares’s latest feat — a gripping tale of real-life daredevilry perfectly balanced by stunning illustrations.

"Monsieur Blondin is to cross Niagara Falls this afternoon, or perish in the attempt." — Troy Daily Times, June 30, 1859

When the Great Blondin announced that he was going to walk from America to Canada across the Niagara River on a rope that was more than 1,100 feet long and just 3 inches wide, hanging 160 feet above the raging river, people came from everywhere. Some came to watch him cross. Some came to watch him fall. Some thought he wouldn’t show up at all. But he did show up. And he did walk across the river. And then he did something else amazing. He crossed the river on that tightrope again and again, adding another death-defying flourish each time. Matt Tavares’s gorgeous, riveting account of the daredevil of Niagara Falls is sure to hold readers in its grip, just as Blondin's feats enthralled those spectators on the cliffs more than one hundred and fifty years ago.

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