Building the Capital Cityby Marlene Targ Brill
Children are given the sense of being witnesses to history-in-the-making in this series that explores important events in United States history. Includes an index.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6Two very different series entries. Brill writes in flowery prose with some general statements that can be misleading. She briefly describes the planning of the city but neglects to say why L'Enfant did not finish the design. She describes many of the important buildings, giving the date that the Washington Monument was completed, but not when it was begun and why it took decades to construct. The text states that the Library of Congress was built "to house national documents," which is an oversimplification at best. Sakurai writes more smoothly and includes many facts about the bell that are not widely known. Full-color and black-and-white photographs appear throughout both books. Deborah Kent's Washington, D.C. (Children's, 1990) and Catherine Reef's Washington D.C. (Dillon, 1990) are for the same age level and are more complete in their coverage. The Liberty Bell, being more limited in scope, is the more useful of the two.Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
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