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Freaky-Strange Buildings
     

Freaky-Strange Buildings

by Michael Sandler
 

Some buildings look so strange that it's hard to believe that they are actually meant for people. For example, the Longaberger Home Office in Ohio is unlike any office building you've ever seen. It's shaped like a giant basket with handles-just like the company's medium-size market basket. The handles are made of steel and weigh 75 tons (68 metric tons) each. That

Overview

Some buildings look so strange that it's hard to believe that they are actually meant for people. For example, the Longaberger Home Office in Ohio is unlike any office building you've ever seen. It's shaped like a giant basket with handles-just like the company's medium-size market basket. The handles are made of steel and weigh 75 tons (68 metric tons) each. That is about the weight of 20 pickup trucks. Look inside to learn more about the freaky features of other strange buildings around the world. The amazing comparisons will help you see just how incredible these features truly are.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karin Fisher-Golton
A library's parking garage that resembles twenty-five-foot tall books, a skyscraper shaped like a robot, an irregularly-shaped museum covered with shiny titanium—children, particularly those who love building structures themselves, will be impressed and inspired by these real-life creations. This 24-page book features eight two-page spreads, each with several facts and two to three clear, engaging paragraphs about the history, structure, and use of each unique building. Several other buildings warrant briefer appearances. Kids will enjoy studying the photographic illustrations, which include vivid portraits of the featured buildings and detailed shots. As in the other three books in Bearport's "So Big Compared to What?" series, the Sandler employs plentiful comparisons to give readers a sense of the scope of the featured structures. The book includes an index, bibliography, "read more," and "about the author" sections, all brief, plus a more detailed glossary. The "Learn More Online" feature provides access to interesting, related websites and a crossword activity. Though the reading level works best for children from seven to nine years old, children as young as five and as old as twelve will enjoy perusing the pages of this slim but solid addition to a thinly populated architecture category. Reviewer: Karin Fisher-Golton
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3�6—The first book highlights some of the world's biggest and fastest (and scariest) amusement-park attractions and how they operate, such as the Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan, Insano in Brazil (the tallest water slide in the world), and The Crypt in Virginia. Skyscrapers features some of the tallest buildings in the world and their dramatic architecture, including Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, the Empire State Building, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. Buildings shows off some of the world's strangestlooking structures, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai, the Longaberger Home Office in Ohio, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Each title begins with historical and background information, then highlights eight rides or buildings, followed by their opening dates, locations, heights, and a special feature that makes them unique. Clear writing provides factual information about each structure and how it measures up in comparison to familiar objects, giving readers a better understanding of its size and scale. Small boxes with quick facts are directed at specific points in full-page color photos, providing additional information. Smaller pictures include close-ups of the ride or building. Each title concludes with a page of four additional structures of interest. Readers will be mesmerized by the awesomeness of these one-of-a-kind man-made creations.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617723056
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Series:
So Big Compared to What? Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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