- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureThe Panama Canal is one of the most important structures in the world today. It was a tremendous feat of engineering skill. Twenty-thousand people died during its construction; many of these people died from tropical diseases. The slim chapter book is one in a series titled "Great Structures in History." Readers will learn what life in the canal zone was like, how the canal was constructed, and what the Panama Canal is like today. Period photographs reveal life in the canal and provide a look at the people and the awful conditions under which they had to work. Color photographs show the canal today and how the boats move through a series of gates that allow water to raise the boats as they proceed through the canal. Readers will also discover that it took over eleven years and one hundred thousand workers to build this mighty structure at a cost of over $370 billion. The canal opened in 1914 and became the world's most important waterway. End notes include a glossary, resources for further investigation, web sites to visit, an index, and an author's note. This is an excellent resource for the middle school media center. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 9 to 12.