Great Building Stories of the Past by Peter Kent explains the history and construction techniques behind such marvels as the Great Wall of China, the Brooklyn Bridge and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport. Illustrations and graphs provide illuminating details. Index included.
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Grade 4-6-This well-researched book spotlights architectural feats and explains the purpose of the building and the engineering involved. Kent includes the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Great Wall of China, Beauvais Cathedral, Eddystone Lighthouse, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal, the Woolworth Building, and Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong harbor. The inset drawings explain complex architectural details in straightforward text. Many of the illustrations use human figures to show scale and provide length and width measurements of cross-sections. While describing complicated ideas, the text remains clear and well written. Many libraries may own books on some of the structures covered here, but it's helpful to have so many in one volume, especially when the illustrations and text are so well done.
Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY
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