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The Brooklyn Bridge: The story of the world's most famous bridge and the remarkable family that built it. Hardcover – Sep 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mikaya Press (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965049302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965049306
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

This first volume of the Wonders of the World series offers an uneven account of the problem-plagued construction of the renowned suspension bridge. Brief, choppy sentences and too much extraneous technical detail slow the narrative's pace considerably, while sidebars prove distracting. Yet Mann includes some lively analogies (describing the anchorages, she says, "That's like having 12,000 large elephants hanging on to the main cables"), and she succeeds in giving young readers a close-up, on-the-scene view of a complex engineering project. The unfortunate design presents a visual hodgepodge of simple, uncluttered pages and busy spreads featuring illustrations of various media. These include period drawings that range from delicately detailed to blurry; photographs; and disappointingly stiff original art by Witschonke. Two gatefolds, one vertical and one horizontal, are similarly disjointed, not visually integrated into facing spreads. Ages 7-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6. Two eye-catching titles that feature an informative mix of historical reproductions, striking illustrations, and clearly presented texts. Each book opens with an attention-grabbing fictional scene. The Brooklyn Bridge begins on the Fulton Ferry, where John Roebling and his son discuss the need for a more efficient method of crossing the East River. The design, step-by-step construction, personalities involved, multiple setbacks, and ultimate completion of this New York City landmark are all presented in a readable narrative, supported by diagrams and dramatic illustrations. In the first pages of The Great Pyramid, an enthusiastic farm boy leaves his small village to help construct the tomb of the pharaoh Khufu. The book touches briefly on the religious beliefs and social structure of ancient Egypt, while focusing on Khufu's reign and the construction and design of his 50-story monument. The full-page paintings are stunning; touched with tones of gold and textures that reflect a desert setting, they point to the mystery of this ancient civilization. Captioned, full-color photos of artifacts also enhance the well-written text. Both of these beautifully designed titles include fold-out sections that give readers a sense of the size of these structures. Although they include enough information for homework assignments, these books are a browser's paradise.?Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on April 7 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary book, which would make a lovely gift for any child fascinated by bridges - or New York City. Its text is both informative and lively. And the illustrations are as fine. There are original illustrations of both the bridge and the people involved in its building, diagrams that clearly show how the bridge was built (and prevent the author from having to muddy up the text with too many technical details) and historical photos. Truly a creative approach to illustrating an inspiring book. My son, 8, has asked me to find him Elizabeth Mann's other books - she's written one about the pyramids and the Great Wall of China - right away. What a recommendation.
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By A Customer on April 9 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids and it has wonderful illustrations. I am using it in a lesson plan for a fourth grade art appreciation class on New York architecture.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent.Very good for young kid
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HASH(0xa8867834) out of 5 stars An extraordinary book April 7 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary book, which would make a lovely gift for any child fascinated by bridges - or New York City. Its text is both informative and lively. And the illustrations are as fine. There are original illustrations of both the bridge and the people involved in its building, diagrams that clearly show how the bridge was built (and prevent the author from having to muddy up the text with too many technical details) and historical photos. Truly a creative approach to illustrating an inspiring book. My son, 8, has asked me to find him Elizabeth Mann's other books - she's written one about the pyramids and the Great Wall of China - right away. What a recommendation.
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HASH(0xa8867c9c) out of 5 stars The Brooklyn Bridge April 9 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids and it has wonderful illustrations. I am using it in a lesson plan for a fourth grade art appreciation class on New York architecture.
HASH(0xa8867c18) out of 5 stars Not sure this was the one but very pleased and think he will be too Nov. 25 2014
By KATHLEEN FINCH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this for my husband, he'd had years ago a book on the history of the bridge. Not sure this was the one but very pleased and think he will be too. Good condition and good delivery.
HASH(0xa8867a2c) out of 5 stars Great educational book series! March 29 2009
By Samara Dawson - Published on Amazon.com
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Brooklyn Bridge as well as its many counterparts in this series are eye-catching and informative. We're delighted with these books and proud to display them in our library.
HASH(0xa8867b88) out of 5 stars The whole family enjoyed this book Feb. 5 2013
By Natalie Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story and photos of a time in history we had never heard about. One family's passion about engineering has positively affected generations.


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