Children's Literature - Dr. Judy RowenPart of the "Building America" series, this book chronicles the construction of the "eighth wonder of the world." The Astrodome was the first fully enclosed sports stadium, and was also the first sports venue with sky boxes. Now domes have been built in many cities, and sky boxes are considered a necessity. The text is full of fascinating facts, such as the reason AstroTurf was installed (the grass died when the skylights were whitewashed to reduce glare) and which player got the first hit in the stadium (Mickey Mantle). The enormous cost of the project is detailed, and we are introduced to the colorful personalities involved in the conception and execution of this massive undertaking. Glossary, chronology, source notes and index included.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-This book captures the amazing ingenuity that went into designing and constructing the stadium. The text is well researched and details the many obstacles and problems engineers faced in building this gigantic structure and also explains the solutions. The Dohertys also give information on other domes that have since been built. Black-and-white and full-color photos show the construction process as well as the completed structure.-Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA
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