He would build the world's longest bridge and he would do it in a new way. But John Roebling died before work began. It should have been the end the Brooklyn Bridge but John wasn't the only Roebling who could dream.
The Brooklyn Bridge is about a legendary feat of engineering and an extraordinary family. We learn how the bridge was designed and constructed, but we also learn of loyalty, sacrifice, and commitment.
This is the story of a bridge across a great river and a bridge across generations, a bridge of stone and steel and the human spirit.
The Scientific American Young Readers Book Award. Informational Book of the Year—International Reading Association. "History every student will enjoy."—Long Beach Press-Telegram
This first volume of the Wonders of the World series offers an uneven account of the problem-plagued construction of the renowned suspension bridge. Brief, choppy sentences and too much extraneous technical detail slow the narrative's pace considerably, while sidebars prove distracting. Yet Mann includes some lively analogies (describing the anchorages, she says, "That's like having 12,000 large elephants hanging on to the main cables"), and she succeeds in giving young readers a close-up, on-the-scene view of a complex engineering project. The unfortunate design presents a visual hodgepodge of simple, uncluttered pages and busy spreads featuring illustrations of various media. These include period drawings that range from delicately detailed to blurry; photographs; and disappointingly stiff original art by Witschonke. Two gatefolds, one vertical and one horizontal, are similarly disjointed, not visually integrated into facing spreads. Ages 7-up.