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Ferris Wheel!: George Ferris and His Amazing Invention
     

Ferris Wheel!: George Ferris and His Amazing Invention

by Dani Sneed
 

About the Author:
Dani Sneed is a children's author and an engineer

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About the Author:
Dani Sneed is a children's author and an engineer

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Who knew? The Ferris wheel was invented in response to the Eiffel Tower. In this early-level biography, Sneed reveals how a relatively unknown civil engineer drew and planned a monster wheel that was 250 feet tall and able to carry more than 2,000 riders. Nothing like this had been done, and the excitement of the unknown comes through in Sneed's text. "George did not give up. He showed his idea to his friend, William Gronau. The monster wheel would be a tension wheel with spokes like a bicycle. George wanted to be sure the wheel would not crumple in rain, wind or ice." While we as the audience know that George must have succeeded (or why would he have a book written about him), Sneed does a masterful job of keeping the suspense going even as she uses sidebars to explain the engineering and physics behind the plan. This chapter book will appeal to history lovers and budding engineers. Illustrated with photos from the time period, the Ferris wheel turns out to be a triumph for the Chicago World's Fair. Back matter includes timeline, glossary, list of books and websites, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766028340
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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