Empire State Building

Empire State Building

by Tamara Britton

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Children's Literature
With plenty of pictures and a clear text, this title in the "Symbols, Landmarks, and Monuments" series examines the Empire State Building from its inception to completion. In short—often one page—chapters readers get an overview of the planners behind the construction, the architects plan to create a unique edifice, and the painstaking construction that went into making this tall building. Kids will be wowed with statistics such as 7,000,000 man-hours by 5,000 workers who laid 10 million bricks, applied 10,000 square feet of marble, and installed 6,500 windows. The importance of the Empire State Building as a symbol of America and a not-to-be-missed tourist attraction in New York City is stressed. There is a timeline of important dates in the building's history and a "Fast Facts" that highlights little-known information about the landmark—such as, during construction there were cafeterias on every floor so workers could eat in the building. A comparison chart shows other buildings that challenge the Empire State Building for height. The book is well designed and is visually appealing but perhaps a few human-interest anecdotes could have enlivened the dry narrative. 2005, ABDO Publishing Co, Ages 8 to 12.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Clear, factual descriptions of the historical and cultural relevance of these icons. Details about early planning, reasons for building, and important figures are included. Empire State and Golden Gate focus on the physical aspects of the structures, introducing architects, engineers, building materials, etc. NASA is more about the U.S. space program, offering particulars on each of the major rocket programs as well as some background on the space race. Black-and-white and color photographs, time lines, and sidebars appear throughout these titles. With several books available about the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge for this age group, these titles are additional purchases. However, there aren't many that center on NASA as an entity, and thus it could be useful in general space-exploration collections.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ABDO Publishing
Publication date:
Symbols, Landmarks, And Monuments Set 3
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

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