King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara

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Niagara Falls has spectacular beauty that draws visitors from around the world, but in1859, one visitor saw the falls in an entirely different way. Jean-François Gravelet came from a family of acrobats, gymnasts, and tightrope walkers. He trained as a tightrope walker from the time he could walk, until he could do tricks almost beyond imagination. When he visited Niagara Falls, he saw it as no one else did: a place for a challenging tightrope walk. Jean-François, known as The Great Blondin, fought hard to get permission to string a tightrope across the gorge, and worked even harder to find ways to engineer the rig. The culmination of all this work allowed him to journey to Canada and back to America on that rope, a feat of great danger and renown.

Author Donna Janell Bowman has written an exciting, well-researched story of Gravalet’s amazing deed that is as much about the engineering of the rig as it is about the feat itself. This fascinating tale is beautifully illustrated by Adam Gustavson, with plenty of nice details and a sense of fun that will keep youngsters’ eyes on the pages. Don’t miss the excellent back-matter.

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Author Donna Janell Bowman
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date 2019-10-01
ISBN 9781561459377
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Issue December 2019
Category Children's


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