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Children's LiteratureNot many people think about skyscrapers—except perhaps budding architects and real architects, but this work presents them from inception to completion. Impressive full-color photographs illustrate the Random House building in New York City from the architects drawings and models to its final position in the skyline. Readers are exposed to the dirt—literally—during the description of excavation and the accompanying photographs. Thousands of people have a part in creating these lofty skyscrapers. Goodman and Doolittle give recognition to everyone from the dump truck driver, to the ironworker, to the engineers. Also impressive is the careful description of each job mentioned, with comments from the workers which makes this an appropriate addition to a careers library as well as art and architecture titles. Following the text is a world map indicating products and services that contributed to this construction and their country of origin, a brief glossary and acknowledgements to companies queried. Just for fun—see how many building can be recognized throughout this work. 2004, Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 9 to 12.