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Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

Imogene's Last Stand

by Candace Fleming

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Imogene Tripp, a young history bug, lives in Liddleville, New Hampshire, "a town so small it wasn't even a speck on the state map," but this didn't stop her from making her town well-known. After fixing up the abandoned, Liddleville Historical Society house, the mayor of her town sent orders to have it torn down. Determined to stop the mayor, Imogene did everything in her power to get the town to rally and stop the construction. Unfortunately, everyone backed the mayor's decision to put in a shoe factory in order to draw attention to them and put their small town on the map. Then, one day, Imogene found a letter that George Washington had written, stating that he had stayed there. Imogene had more motivation than ever and the next day she stood firm in front of the building as the bulldozers arrived to destroy it. Finally, her protest was heard. The President of the United States came and declared the building a national landmark. This put Liddleville on the map and saved their history.
In a place that appears to be a ghost town, nobody is aware of the history there. In fact, outsiders did not even know of the town's whereabouts until little Iogene made her brave stand to save their town's history and finally place them on the map. The author's use of such a small town for the setting made Imogene's bravery that much greater. This sends a message of bravery to readers. It also emphasizes the importance of preserving history. ( )
  srmorgan | Feb 4, 2016 |
I absolutely loved this book. In "Imogene's Last Stand," we see a young girl with a love of history so big she will stop at nothing to preserve it. Imogene lived in the small town of Liddleville, New Hampshire. A town so small it wasn't even on a map. When Imogene and her father purchased a historical house, they could not wait to turn the house into a great history museum. They fix the house up and to Imogene's surprise, no one shows up on grand opening. Because this house was serving this small town no use, they mayor decides to turn it in to a shoe shop. My favorite thing about this book is Imogene's references to famous historical figures. Many times through out the book she quotes famous people through out American history. For example, when Imogene finds out the mayor's plan she cries, "But in the immortal words of William Morris, 'Old building do not belong to us; they belonged to our forefathers, and they will belong to our descendants." This was great way to show her character and great conversation starter for students.
The day arrives for the building to be torn down and Imogene is determined to not let that happen. Her and her dad handcuffed their selves to the building boycotting the demolition. At the perfect time the President arrives and demands them to keep the structure because George Washington slept there! It worked out perfectly, Imogene was able to keep the historic building alive, and the Mayor was thrilled because Lidellville was now a famous town.
There were many themes in this story. History is not something to be destroyed. Rather it be small or large, history is something we should cherish and learn from. Also, Imogene is proof that we should never give up and stop fighting for what we believe in. Imogene fought to the end and because of that she succeeded. I love that the setting was based in a small town, it made the significance of winning the battle even greater. ( )
  Jmreed1 | Feb 2, 2016 |
Imogene Tripp grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. Ever since she was a baby, Imogene loved history and enjoyed telling other people about historical facts. One day, Imogene decides to go visit the Liddleville Historical Society, an old house filled with antiques covered in dust. When she enters the house, she sees all kinds of historical memorabilia and she begins to clean up the old house. After she finished cleaning the house, Imogene waited and waited to give the townspeople a tour of the house, but no one came. One Monday morning, a sign is posted saying that the house will be torn down on Saturday to make way for a shoelace factory. Imogene does not like this at all and goes to talk to the mayor about it. He says that the shoelace factory will put the town on the map and he does not care about history that much. Imogene does not like this and she decides that she will do something about it. The next morning, Imogene dresses up as Paul Revere and runs around town telling people about what is going to happen, but no one joins her. On Wednesday, she ties red, white and blue ribbons on trees all over town, but again the townspeople remind her that the shoelace factory will put them on the map. The next morning, she makes fliers telling the townspeople to join her on the village green to protect history, but no one comes. Imogene realizes that she is not going to be able to stop the house from being torn down so she looks through the house one last time. While she is looking around, she notices a letter written by George Washington to the owner of the house thanking him for letting Washington stay at the house. Imogene decides to write a message to the historian of the town. On Saturday morning, the bulldozers come to demolish the house, but Imogene stands her ground and will not leave the house, despite her father's begging. Soon, her father joins her in front of the house and eventually the town comes out to see what is happening. That afternoon, the President of the United States shows up to the house and declares it a national landmark, preventing it from being torn down. Finally, Imogene is able to give the townspeople the tour of the house she has been waiting for. Throughout the book, there are quotes from famous people in history. This adds to the story because it shows how much Imogene enjoys history and how these people shaped America today. This story encourages you not to give up on something if you really believe in it because it takes one person to change something. This book is a fun way to encourage students to learn about history. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Feb 1, 2016 |
Ever since she was born, Imogene loved history, and her first words were even “Four score and seven years ago.” Growing up, Imogene did not stop trying to educate people on history and often quoted famous historical figures. Imogene decides to clean up and reopen the Liddleville Historical Society, a centuries- old house stuffed with dusty antiques. One day, a workman arrives and puts a sign on the Society’s front yard. The sign says that the house will be torn down in order to build a shoe lace factory. When she visits the mayor, he tells her that the house will be torn down because a shoelace factory will put the town on the map. Imogene will stop at nothing to protect it. She runs up and down the streets saying, “The bulldozers are coming,” tapes red-white-and-blue ribbon around every pole and tree in town, and dropped hundreds of handmade flyers out a plane onto the town, but no one pays attention to her. Just when she is about to give up, Imogene finds a letter from George Washington about his experience sleeping at the house. With the letter, Imogene springs into action to prove to the town that the house is historical. On the day the bulldozers arrive, Imogene will not leave the front porch of the house, and soon the President of the United States shows up and declares the house a national landmark. The President in this book is portrayed as an African American woman, which is a nice change to see. This book is a great book to influence students to learn about history. Imogene is a positive role model to all children and shows that you should never give up. The colorful illustrations really bring the story to life. ( )
  afrught | Jan 30, 2016 |
Imogene could be me. For anyone who has ever felt passionately about history and been frustrated by those who refuse to feel the same way, then this book is for you. History puts every town on the map. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375836071, Hardcover)

Meet Imogene, a plucky heroine with a passion for history.

As a baby, Imogene's first words were “Four score and seven years ago.” In preschool, she fingerpainted a map of the Oregon Trail. So it’s not surprising that when the mayor wants to tear down the long-neglected Liddleton Historical Society to make room for a shoelace factory, Imogene is desperate to convince the town how important its history is. But even though she rides through the streets in her Paul Revere costume shouting, “The bulldozers are coming, the bulldozers are coming!” the townspeople won’t budge. What’s a history-loving kid to do?

Filled with quotes from history’s biggest players—not to mention mini-bios on the endpapers—and lots of humor, here’s the perfect book for budding historians.

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Enamored of history, young Imogene Tripp tries to save her town's historical society from being demolished in order to build a shoelace factory.

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