A thrilling, fact-filled history of Niagara Falls, following its evolution from the age of dinosaurs to its future disintegration.
Millions of years ago, Niagara Falls was not a waterfall. Back then, ocean covered the land.
Eighteen thousand years ago, all that water was locked up in ice.
Then 12,500 years ago, the ice melted! It gushed into lakes that flowed into a river that plunged over a steep cliff. Crash! Roar! Sploosh!
That was the noisy beginning of one of the world’s most majestic waterfalls. Experience the incredible history of this misty, mystical cascade of water in Yours 'Til Niagara Falls, told from the perspective of Niagara Falls itself.
Niagara Falls itself serves as the narrator of this lengthy anthropologic and geologic history of the celebrated cataract. The falls' first-person account takes readers from its ocean beginnings millions of years ago to its present-day status as a world-famous tourist attraction. Depicted by Guiberson as both observer and participant, Niagara "cascaded, rumbled, roared, and tumbled," "was a waterfall on the Underground Railroad," and "became a waterfall of holidays and carnivals." Low's painterly aerial and close-up views convey the mist-shrouded landmark's grandeur, as archival photo renderings, b&w artifact sketches, and images of the cliffs' erosion over time overlay sweeping scenes. Unspecified "humans with stone tools," an explorer, daredevils, freedom-seeking enslaved people, industrialists, and tourists are all portrayed in the extensive chronology. Though lines about modern-day visitors who "sense the Stone Age maiden and Hinu, the Great Thunderer" and "gulp the fresh air of enslaved people seeking freedom" strike an unfortunately romanticizing note, the volume offers a wealth of facts about the natural wonder via an expansive scrapbook feel. A bibliography concludes. Ages 4–8.