Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotOne of the "Inside Guides" that lets readers get a close up look at a variety of buildings, bridges, tunnels and other structures. The text describes the building and its salient features, while inset illustrations clarify and amplify the points being made. Whether you know something or nothing at all about architecture and engineering, this book will fascinate. Many of the structures, such as the Hong Kong Bank, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and the Channel Tunnel, probably will not be familiar to most readers, but this cut away look offers the armchair traveler a great view. Looking at the structure of modern roller coasters is enough to put terror in any prospective rider's heart. There is a glossary, index and table of contents.
Amazing Super Structures looks at the finest feats of humans, from bridges and tunnels to skyscrapers and rollercoasters. Full color.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Reflecting the distinctive DK format, this series presents photographed cross-sections of three-dimensional models. Incredible Earth offers clear diagrams and cutaway drawings that explain the Earth's structure, wind and water patterns, earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, the arctic, the ocean floor, coral reefs, seaside cliffs, waterfalls and caves, flood plains, and deserts. Wilkinson explains the construction of Super Structures such as a skyscraper, a theater complex, the Chunnel, a 2808-foot bridge, a dam, a roller coaster, a super airport, a multilayer freeway, a nuclear reactor, and an ocean-based oil drilling rig. Mario Salvadori's The Art of Construction (Chicago Review, 1990), Ray Spangenburg and Diane Moser's "Connecting a Continent" series (Facts on File), and David Macaulay's Underground (Houghton, 1976) offer more in-depth information about construction techniques. Both of these new titles will be enjoyed by interested browsers and the diagrams will be useful for research.-Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston
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