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Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee
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Brooklyn Bridge

by Lynn Curlee

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Reading about how this bridge was constructed may sound dull but it was not. My 6th son out of his enthusiasm relayed to me many facts he learned about the Brooklyn bridge and it's historical background and what a monumental feat it was to build. Be sure to read Twenty One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince along with this book.
  wunderlong88 | Oct 20, 2017 |
Summary:
This book talks about the history of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York city. Brooklyn Bridge id regard as one of the most famous archetectual which can produced the American spirit. Over the 14 years of the construction, there were many death because of it, which include the designer and chief engineer; an under water fire and even fraud. Finally, the bridge was finished and became a great architecture in the history.

Genre:
It is a historical information book since it is about the real history of the Brooklyn Bridge. It tells the process of its construction and some hard time during those days.

Critiques:
1.The media of this book are acrylic paintings reproduced in full color from photographic transparncies.
2. This is a very nice book with peaceful and elegant language.
3. The text in this book are not very easy to young readers.

Comments on use:
1. The text is to long and for teachers to read aloud in class and too complex for students to understand just by listening.
2. It's good for students as a reading materia or a text book on history or reading class to do some silent reading. ( )
  LaurieZeng | Apr 9, 2017 |
A wonderful picture book that tells the history behind the bridge and its construction, complete with the engineering facts and the human-interest anecdotes as well. Using full-color illustrations and diagrams, Curlee explains why the bridge was needed, why the engineering behind it was so important and innovative, and what the bridge has meant to those living in New York. The book's most important features include careful diagrams and descriptions showing how construction was conceived and executed. A map shows the bridge's location and a cross-section drawing delineates the caissons, supply shafts, air locks, etc. The narrative opens with New York City after the Civil War, explains the financing and final decision to build the bridge, and describes the roles of John A. Roebling and, later, his son, Washington, as Chief Engineer. A list of the bridge's specifications and a time line are appended. ( )
  JenniferNavarrete | Nov 3, 2015 |
The Brooklyn bridge is sometimes known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and was an extremely difficult structure to design and build in the late 1800's. The engineer of this amazing bridge crippled himself in the process and still was able to continue to finish it from his bedroom. Through many deaths and years this bridge was built and still is structurally sound even though it has been 128 years.
  hshell | Mar 11, 2011 |
Genre: Informational

This book is a good example of an informational book because it tells the facts about how the Brooklyn Bridge was planned and constructed. It tells the history of the bridge as well. It is celebrated as one of the greatest landmarks and grandest sights of New York City. The setting for this book is extremely important, because the bridge cannot be in a different area and have the same effect or importance that it does/did in New York City.

Level: Intermediate-Middle School
  born1990 | Nov 2, 2010 |
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Lynn Curlee provides a fascinating look into the monumental feat of engineering and craftsmanship that resulted in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Impressive full-page paintings chronicle 16 years of inspiration, physical pain, death, and remarkable accomplishment in the building of this massive structure, sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. ... Maps, paintings, and diagrams detail the challenges involved in the bridge building and provide the project's specifications and timeline. This well-researched story illustrates how one man's vision became a test of technology and engineering.
added by CourtyardSchool | editReading Teacher, Cyndi Giorgis (Apr 1, 2002)
 
Gr 3-6 -- A wonderful picture book that tells the history behind the bridge and its construction, complete with the engineering facts and the human-interest anecdotes as well. Using full-color illustrations and diagrams, Curlee explains why the bridge was needed, why the engineering behind it was so important and innovative, and what the bridge has meant to those living in New York. ... a cross-section drawing delineates the caissons, supply shafts, air locks, etc. ... this title will appeal to audiences looking for report information and to those looking for an exciting story.
added by CourtyardSchool | editSchool Library Journal, Susan Lissim (May 1, 2001)
 
A goldmine of information in this lucid and elegant recounting of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, with equally resplendent paintings. The story itself is deeply dramatic and set in relief by the author’s straightforward account. ... Curlee does an excellent job not only of describing how the bridge was engineered and built, but of reminding his audience how different things were in 1870. ... Heavily based on David McCullough’s The Great Bridge, one of four items in the bibliography, this awe-inspiring study provides an excellent resource for young people. (specifications, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
added by CourtyardSchool | editKirkus Reviews (Apr 1, 2001)
 
[Starred Review] ... [This] picture book celebrates a monumental feat of engineering and craftsmanship, and makes clear the human contributions behind it. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge's "stone towers were the most massive structures on the continent,… its span was by far the longest in the world." ... Many of those who worked on the bridge incurred injuries, illnesses and even death.... Maps, paintings and diagrams clearly delineate the location, mechanics and challenges described in the prose. Appendix illustrations offer detailed diagrams of suspension and support, specifications and a timeline. Readers fascinated with how things work may well regard bridges with greater respect, and aspiring engineers will gain a strong sense of the all-encompassing process of designing and erecting a suspension bridge. Ages 8-12.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689831838, Hardcover)

"It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, but a bridge."

So wrote one architectural critic of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the grandest and most eloquent monuments to the American spirit that our country has produced. Its magnificent site, breathtaking span, cutting-edge technology, and sheer beauty have made it the subject of poems, paintings, photographs, novels, plays, and movies.

Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge's triumphant arches lie astonishing tales of death, deception, genius, and daring. Over the fourteen-year course of its construction, there were many deaths, including that of John A. Roebling, designer and chief engineer; an underwater fire; and even fraud.

Finally, though, the bridge was finished, and as part of the opening day festivities, the president, and two mayors crossed it.

In this stunning visual history, Lynn Curlee tells the fascinating story of the history and construction of the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:36 -0400)

Describes the planning, construction, and history of the Brooklyn Bridge, celebrated as one of the greatest landmarks and grandest sights of New York City.

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