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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

évaluations:
4.5/5 (3 évaluations)
Longueur:
43 pages
52 minutes
Sortie:
Sep 2, 2014
ISBN:
9780544465633
Format:
Livre

Description

Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
     A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford’s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World’s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.
Sortie:
Sep 2, 2014
ISBN:
9780544465633
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Kathryn Gibbs Davis has a gift for combining history and storytelling in a manner that relates to readers of many ages. Her Wackiest White House Pet earned the Parents Gold Choice Award and was read aloud by former First Lady Barbara Bush during a nationally televised event at the presidential library. Kathryn is an active member of the Children’s Literature Network. Visit gibbsdavis.com.


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  • (4/5)
    Wonderfully told and illustrated story of how George Ferris invented his eponymously named invention and its debut at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.
  • (5/5)
    Nicely done! Good, simple explanations of what the world was like in 1890's.
  • (4/5)
    Most people love the Ferris wheel and this is a wonderful book about the history of how they came to be. It also gives a nice glimps into the World Fair of 1893. Using this as a tool to spark interest into great American inventions would be good. for a classroom.
  • (5/5)
    This is the inspiring picture book biography of George Ferris and how he came to build a structure that defied gravity and became a staple at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. How many of us have ridden a Ferris Wheel at some point in our lives? I have to say I was intrigued by her pick and curious to learn how the first one came to be. The World’s Fair was coming to Chicago in 1893, so the search was on for the design that would top the Eiffel Tower, the standout of the last fair. None of the ideas were new and exciting enough for the committee. When George Ferris, an engineer, brought his proposal to the board they weren’t sure because they thought it was too big and that it wouldn’t work. The fair was only a handful of months away when the committee decided to give the go ahead to Ferris. There was intense pressure for everyone working on the project and they also had to deal with frozen ground and Chicago weather.

    The story really makes you feel the anticipation when Ferris and his wife take the first ride. I would have been so scared! I loved learning about how the invention came together was surprised to hear about the large glass cars. Once the fair was over it was even taken down and put up at other locations! Wow! I was amazed at how fun it was to learn about history from this delightful picture book. After we finished I had to look up what the cars looked like, since I couldn’t imagine how big they were. I was stunned!

    Mr. Ferris and His Wheel is a great book for people who like to learn about history in an interesting way or for people who like a good ride. I bet you will learn something new too!
  • (5/5)
    Mr. Ferris and His Wheel tells the story of George Ferris who in 1893 built the world’s first Ferris wheel for the world fair in Chicago. The biggest attraction at the last world fair was the Eiffel Tower built in France and was the world’s tallest building at the time. Ferris was an established engineer that had built many buildings and bridges but he wanted to do something amazing so he entered the contest to make something for the 1893 World Fair. The United States of America wanted to impress the rest of the world so they hired George Ferris with only 10 months to complete the Ferris wheel. He struggled to make it in time and feared it would not work and collapse. He also struggled with money as well and worked to fund raise. However it did not collapse and it was a huge hit impressing all who came to see it. There was much excitement filling the air after each passenger was filled with wonder. The summary was convincing and interesting. I would say that the greatest values of this book are the readability and the illustrations. Not only is the book filled with fun facts, it is also intriguing to read throughout the entire book. Many nonfiction books during my time were not as fun to read and look at as this book. The illustrator did an incredible job with the illustrations in Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, the themes of blues and purples contrasting with the greens and yellows were beautiful.