King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara

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In 1859, Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as The Great Blondin, walked across the Niagara River on a tightrope. What kind of man would do something like that? And more importantly, how do you become that man?

At the age of four, Jean-Francois Gravelet walked across his first balance beam. Later, he took to the tightrope like a spider to its web, and with his family troupe, he climbed toward stardom. Though his feats became more and more marvelous, he grew bored. That is, until he visited Niagara Falls and imagined doing something that no one else had ever accomplished.

To cross the raging river, The Great Blondin needed an engineering process, determination, and a belief that what he could imagine, he could accomplish.
In 1859, with all of the work completed, Blondin would step out onto the most dangerous tightrope walk he'd ever faced.
Author Donna Janell Bowman's trademark in-depth research gives readers a clear and exciting look into the accomplishments of The Great Blondin, as well as the hard work, determination, and meticulous mathematic and scientific planning it took to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Adam Gustavson's detailed illustrations turn this book into an experience that will inspire readers of all ages.---from the publisher
48 pages                                          978-1561459377                     Ages 6-10
Keywords:  biography, 19th century, United States, family, engineering, math, science, tightrope, risk, danger, stunt, determination, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, performing arts, American history

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