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You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Brooklyn Bridge!: An Enormous Project That Seemed Impossible

You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Brooklyn Bridge!: An Enormous Project That Seemed Impossible

by Tom Ratliff

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Children's Literature - Jody Little
In this edition of the "You Wouldn't Want to..." series, readers take the roll of Washington Roebling, the son of the famous engineer John Roebling, and they learn about the making of the Brooklyn Bridge. The project began in 1870 when John Roebling believed there needed to be a bridge that allowed residents of Brooklyn to easily cross the East River to work in New York City. Unfortunately, John Roebling died before construction of the bridge could begin, so his son took charge of the enormous project. Beginning with an explanation of what a suspension bridge is, the author introduces each step of the bridge building process: the use of caissons to dig underwater, the tower construction, the installation of suspension cables, and the suspending of the roadway. The building of the Brooklyn Bridge was dangerous work. Over the fourteen years that it took to complete the building, twenty-seven men died. Most of the deaths were from falls from the towers or cables, but other men died from decompression sickness, known at the time as "caisson disease." Illustrations include labeled diagrams of the bridge components. A table of contents, a glossary, and an index are also included. Reviewer: Jody Little

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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You Wouldn't Want to Series
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8.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
IG1010L (what's this?)
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8 - 11 Years

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