Skyscraper

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IT ALL STARTS with a vision of a building so high it will catch the clouds. . . .

From that first vision, through the planning, digging, welding, fitting, and decorating, Skyscraper shows how a very tall building is constructed in a very narrow space. Author Susan Goodman and photographer Michael Doolittle spent several years documenting the building of a New York City skyscraper. They have distilled hundreds of photographs and hours of interviews and research into this lively ...

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Overview

IT ALL STARTS with a vision of a building so high it will catch the clouds. . . .

From that first vision, through the planning, digging, welding, fitting, and decorating, Skyscraper shows how a very tall building is constructed in a very narrow space. Author Susan Goodman and photographer Michael Doolittle spent several years documenting the building of a New York City skyscraper. They have distilled hundreds of photographs and hours of interviews and research into this lively and accessible book for construction fans of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Not 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.
—Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Following the construction of the new Random House Building in New York City, Doolittle and Goodman have created a visual time line with photographs and personal interviews. Beginning literally from the underground and working their way up, they illustrate how a skyscraper is squeezed into a city block, with a design that melded building codes and restrictions with artistic goals. Quotes from contributing workers, including the architect, engineers, project superintendent, signalman, a mason, and others, are included. Each spread is covered with pictures and facts about the building. A concluding map of the world illustrates all of the countries that contributed materials to the project, and a glossary defines complex construction terms. Skyscraper takes a narrower approach than David Bennett's Skyscrapers: Form and Function (S & S, 1995; o.p.) and David Macaulay's Building Big (Houghton, 2000), both excellent books that cover the construction of skyscrapers. However, the book offers readers a more personal journey. Between the narrower scope and the smaller size, Skyscraper is more accessible to reluctant readers.-Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Chock-a-block with big, bright, sharp color photos, this pictorial essay follows a New York City skyscraper (the new Random House Building, in a deft bit of product placement) from architect's table to furniture deliveries, then pulls back for dramatic high- and low-angle shots, plus some historical background. Without stretching the metaphor too far, Goodman compares the building to a human body, its skin being the curtain wall, for instance, the mechanical and electrical systems its "lungs and guts and nervous system." She also introduces (and quotes) several specialized workers, describes the often-Byzantine scheduling required to run a midtown-Manhattan construction site, and strews the margins with random, child-friendly facts, such as the number of toilets in the finished building, or the average weight of a hard hat. A final page on the literally worldwide origins of the skyscraper's materials is a perfect lagniappe for this soaring, stirring account. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375813092
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Susan E. Goodman and photographer Michael J. Doolittle have worked together on 12 books, including the Ultimate Field Trip series. Skyscraper has been one of their favorite projects. Susan lives in Boston with her family and Michael lives in New Haven, CT, with his.
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