Electra to the Rescue:

Saving a Steamboat and the Story of Shelburne Museum

Hardcover sale price: $8.95 (Regularly $17.95)

Electra to the Rescue brings young readers the captivating story of Electra Havemeyer Webb and her adventures in “America’s attic.” Illustrated throughout with archival images and full-color photographs of items from the Shelburne collection, the book is a splendid introduction not only to a dynamic, unconventional woman but also to the rich, colorful world of Americana – the “visual vernacular” of our nation’s people. Electra’s enthusiasm was in many ways childlike, and she collected things that fire the imagination of children: rag dolls, cast-iron banks, embroidery samplers, miniature circuses – even a working paddle-wheeler. Here is a book that perfectly embodies Electra’s lifelong mission: to teach, in a unique and fun way, the American tradition of craftsmanship and the often sublime beauty of simple, everyday objects.

Valerie Biebuyck is a lawyer in Rutland, Vermont. Her writings for young readers have appeared in Odyssey, Ladybug, Jack & Jill, and other children’s magazines.