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Children's Literature
Gustave Eiffel's tower was, in 1889, the tallest man-made structure in the world at 986 feet in height. It is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Eiffel's design was chosen from the many submitted for the "Universal Exposition of the Products of Industry" in Paris, France in 1889. Draftsmen drew 5,329 mechanical drawings for the tower. This book details the challenge of building build the wrought iron tower in two years. The tower contained elevators to transport people to the offices, restaurants, and stores in the three levels above the ground. Gustave Eiffel lived in an apartment with private access from the third level. Two spotlights mounted near the top of the tower could be moved to shine at night on various city monuments. This book is an excellent resource for a French class, or for any world studies class. It might inspire a budding young architect or engineer. A list of additional resource books and websites is listed in the back of the book. It is part of the "Building World Landmarks" series. 2004, Blackbirch Press/The Gale Group/Thomson Learning, Ages 7 to 14.
—Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The first title focuses on Gustav Eiffel and his design, inventive construction techniques, and drive to complete the tower ahead of schedule. Mattern offers insight into Great Britain's resistance to, and the failings of, early attempts to build a tunnel between England and France, technology invented to complete the project, and how the Chunnel is utilized today. Royal Gorge details the 1929 building of the world's highest suspension bridge in Colorado in only six months and without the loss of life. All three books include current and historical photographs and illustrations. Adequate introductions, these volumes will be useful to students doing reports on landmarks. Though several books have been written about the Eiffel Tower, the Chunnel and Royal Gorge Bridge are seldom covered for this audience. Libraries will find these latter titles practical choices.-Shauna Yusko, St. Monica School, Mercer Island, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560068266
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Building History
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towers: Reaching for the Heavens 5
Chapter 1 The Search for a Tower 9
Chapter 2 The Design 19
Chapter 3 Construction Begins 25
Chapter 4 Racing Against the Clock 33
Chapter 5 The Dedication 39
Chronology 45
Glossary 46
For More Information 47
Index 48
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