MR. FERRIS AND HIS WHEEL
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.7
||A challenge is delivered to American
engineers: who can create a monument for the upcoming 1893
Chicago World’s Fair that will outshine the Eiffel Tower?
It takes a creative engineer with a dream to build the
sensational structure that amazes and inspires people from
around the world. This is the true story of how the first
Ferris Wheel was created.
(Booktalk by the Louisiana
Young Readers' Choice Committee)
In 1889, Paris built the Eiffel Tower for the World’s Fair, in 1893 it is Chicago and America’s turn to host the fair and they are determined to build something better. George Ferris wins a nationwide contest with a design of a wheel that will rise 265 feet into the air and provide a breathtaking ride for fair visitors. He had to overcome great obstacles and use his own money to have the wheel ready by opening day. Powered by underground steam engines and lit by the newly invented electric lights, the ride mystified and amazed fairgoers and was a huge success.(Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)
|SUBJECTS: Civil engineers.
Ferris wheels -- History.
Ferris, George Washington Gale, 1859-1896.
Picture books for children.