Steel Town

Steel Town

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416940814
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/20/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 445,604
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, The Secret Project, and Oil, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and The Babe & I (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas.

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Steel Town 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ktibbs on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book could be used to discuss nonrenewable resources and how things are made from natural resources, such as steel. This book could also be used to discuss "blue-collar" towns where an industry defines a whole town.
beckystandal on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Ages 6 and Up; Steel Town is a beautiful book, both lyrically and visually. Terry Widener does the illustrations acrylic paint contrasting the darkness and dirtiness of the town and the work with the bright yellow and orange of the molten metal. Jonah Winter's words are poetic and repetitive. The story takes you from the morning in the steel town, with day shift passing graveyard shift, to evening and home. Recommended for all picture book collections.
eevers on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This dramatic story tells what life is like in a steel mill town. The illustrations are quite dramatic, warm vs. cool colors. The fires in the mills have that glow that real fires have too! Winter captures what the 12 hour cycle of work shifts in a cyclical story, ending where it began.
goodwink on LibraryThing 7 months ago
this book tells what life is like in a steel mill town. The fires in the mills have that glow that real fires have too! Winter captures what the 12 hour cycle of work shifts in a cyclical story, ending where it began
LisaBohman on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a book told in a poetic form. The story is about Steel Town, which is always dark and rainy and men are constantly working hard to make steel in the mills. The story describes the general process of how steel and iron are made, making you feel the heat and exhaustion that the workers feel. The illustrations are dark and reflect the mood and climate of the town. This story rhythmic and poetic, depicting the tough lives of the steel workers as well as a peak at what their lives are like at home during their brief breaks from the mills. This is not an uplifting book, but one that makes you think about the repetition of life and how many hard workers there are in the world. It also makes us see how important those workers are because we use steel and iron for so many things, such as buildings, railroad cars, and airplanes. This book would be a great read aloud for the beginning of a poetry unit. It would also be good for a unit on how things are made. Although this book was dark and a bit depressing, I would recommend it because of its truth and realism.