Bridge Book

Bridge Book

by Polly Carter, Roy Doty

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- In an effort to explain bridges to very young readers, Carter describes arches, girders, and trusses in an accurate but extremely dull manner. The illustrations, done in pen and ink accented with federal blue, are cartoonlike and often cluttered by asides and dialogue balloons. The subject matter is complicated, but the format is that of a picture book, so it's hard to imagine who this is aimed at. It's not suitable for assignments, and it's dull browsing material, even for those fascinated by piers and girders. For a much more attractive explanation of the subject, try Graham Richard's Bridges (Bookwright, 1987). --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Deborah Abbott
Getting from one side to the other (often over water) has been a challenge throughout history, and is the reason for the invention of the bridge. Physical circumstances of land and water, available building materials, and the knowledge and creativity of the builders have determined which type of bridge is needed and built: arch, cantilever, girder, truss, suspension, cable-stayed, pontoon, or draw. Cartoonlike, pen-and-ink drawings accented in bright blue complement the clear explanation of how bridges are built and how they work. Tidbits of history and geography, often enclosed in conversation bubbles, add appealing flavor to the text, which will interest potential engineers as well as browsers. Since there is a dearth of material on the subject, the book will be a welcome addition to library shelves. Glossary appended.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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4 - 8 Years

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