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Skyscrapers
     

Skyscrapers

by Elaine Landau
 

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Children's Literature
Opening with a lively discussion of what skyscrapers are and how they have changed our lives, the author discusses designing and building skyscrapers, considerations for protection from wind force, damaging movement for elevators, and earthquakes. A short history presents the Chicago Fire's role in developing the first skyscraper to make better use of city land. Specific skyscrapers are introduced�the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, and the challenge of being the tallest (currently held by the Petronas Tower in Malaysia but they cheated by putting an antenna on top, to eclipse the Sears Tower). Illustrations are mostly of buildings, views from tall buildings and archival photographs. Pair this with other books such as David Macaulay's 1980 classic Unbuilding and Gail Gibbons's clear, cross-sectioned explanations in Up Goes the Skyscraper for a lively discussion of skyscrapers or an addition to the units about communities and trade. A workaday five-book recommended reading list, four zippy and interesting on-line sites, an eight-word glossary and index are included. Part of the "True Book" series. 2001, Children's Press, $22.00 and $6.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516273242
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
True Book Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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