Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan AtteburyThis structure, highlighted in the "Modern Wonders of the World" series, was created about 50 years ago, and has a futuristic look to it. It was constructed after the Second World War, when Australia was growing and residents wanted to be able to enjoy cultural events, such as the opera. An excellent introduction page puts this into an understandable perspective. Text goes on to elaborate on the designing and construction of the concert center. Brilliant photos enhance the text, and informative sidebars abound with interesting facts that will keep readers engaged. A total picture of the area is presented with both text and photos. A nice touch is added with the comparison of other wondrous structures located elsewhere in the world. These include the St. Louis Arch, the Kronborg Castle, and a pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. Because of the Sydney Opera House's unique architecture, part of the text explains how its construction has been changed and adapted to keep the structure up-to-date in terms of sound. A double-page night photo is both soothing and exciting. Readers will remain interested in this book, if for no other reason than to check out the pictures again and again. The concise page of facts at the end is great for gathering report information. This book will act as a useful supplement to a variety of classroom lessons.
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