The Erie Canal is one of the latest addition to the "Building America" series, which looks at American history through the engineering marvels. Here, it is the hard work, sacrifice, and creativity of farmers, engineers, politicians, and laborers that is featured. These unlikely collaborators created the Erie Canal, a waterway that ultimately linked the interior of the country with the Atlantic Ocean. It's fascinating reading for history buffs; and for report writers, a glossary, index, chronology, and abundance of photographs and graphics make the facts easy to access as well.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Divided into four short chapters with bold-faced headings within each one, this book presents a well-researched overview of how and why the Erie Canal was built. Definitions of terms such as canal and aqueduct are nicely interwoven into the text. Readers will be intrigued by the builders' struggles and hardships and also by the lifestyles of those who lived on and alongside the canal. Black-and-white and full-color reproductions, drawings, sketches, and photos reflect and capture a sense of the times. Two basic maps show the original route of the canal. A good introduction that is more comprehensive than Cheryl Harness's lively The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal (Bradbury, 1995).-Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA