Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinKathy Pelta brings to life the bridging the golden gate channel between San Francisco and Marin county by the determined Joseph Strauss, who designed, whipped up support for, and built the striking structure synonymous with San Francisco the world over. With the aid of archival photos, Ms. Pelta's comprehensive explanation of the need for, debate about, design and construction of the inspiring structure is unputdownable. Key facts (4,200' main span, 80,000 miles of wire, etc.), a bibliography, and complete index augment this outstanding addition to any collection.
School Library JournalGr 4-8 This book is more attractive than Caroline Arnold's The Golden Gate Bridge (Watts, 1986). The glossy pages, slightly larger print, and more than double the number of photographs create an appealing format. In addition, each chapter is headed by a diagram that shows the bridge construction at the point discussed in that chapter, a clever and useful idea. Both Pelta and Arnold do admirable jobs of explaining complex construction ideas to young readers. However, Pelta's style is more approachable and includes more quotes and anecdotes. She discusses the mysterious disease, actually lead poisoning, that affected many workers; there is no mention of this episode in Arnold's book. However, Pelta's book is narrower in focus, omitting background information on engineer Joseph Strauss' life and historical background on the bay itself. Nor does it include major sections on maintenance, repair, and changes in tolls and traffic patterns as does Arnold's. Both books include indexes and tables of bridge facts; Pelta's book also includes a helpful bibliography. Either book would serve as an excellent introduction to the Golden Gate Bridge for children and, although much of the informaton is the same, each has material not found in the other. Libraries with interest in this topic should have both books. Rosie Peasley, Sylvan Union School District, Modesto, Calif.
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