Children's LiteratureWith 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 shortoften one pagechapters 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 landmarksuch 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.