Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

Book Jacket

Imogene Tripp has a passion for history.

When she was a baby, her first words were, "Four score and seven years ago."

In preschool, she finger-painted a map of the Oregon Trail.

So when the mayor wants to tear down the Liddleville Historical Society to make way for a shoelace factory, it's up to Imogene to fight for the town's past.  Will history be demolished?  Or will Imogene make history?

This spirited and funny book will inspire you do don your Paul Revere costume and join Imogene in shouting out, "The bulldozers are coming!"


Wonderful.  Imogene inspires kids and reminds adults that every person can make a difference in the world by fighting for what is important.  In this case, Imogene withstands social apathy and governmental hostility in order to make sure her beloved Historical Society isn't torn down in the name of progress.  It's a great reminder that sometimes the quiet things in life are more important than loud and "important" ones. 

Imogene and her father are fantastic characters.  The names of the the supporting characters and hilarious clues to their personalities (Officer Ditzwilliam, Mayor Butz).The president of the United States is an hopeful nod to future equality.  And Imogene's habit of quoting famous people is a lovely reminder that we are also makers of history when, at the end, she quotes herself.

Five out of five protests.

Release Date:  October 2009
Reading Level:  Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  MONARCH

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