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The Resource The fantastic Ferris Wheel : the story of inventor George Ferris, Betsy Harvey Kraft ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

The fantastic Ferris Wheel : the story of inventor George Ferris, Betsy Harvey Kraft ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

Label
The fantastic Ferris Wheel : the story of inventor George Ferris
Title
The fantastic Ferris Wheel
Title remainder
the story of inventor George Ferris
Statement of responsibility
Betsy Harvey Kraft ; illustrated by Steven Salerno
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The story of George Ferris, inventor of the iconic Ferris Wheel"--
  • "The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea--a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel. The planners didn't think it could be done. They called it a 'monstrosity.' It wouldn't be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, George's Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world"--
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 1 – 3 — The planners of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair were looking for a spectacular, extraordinary, and never-before-seen attraction that would draw in huge crowds. The idea they eventually accepted was George Ferris's huge observation wheel—what we now call the Ferris wheel. An amazing and awe-inspiring crowd-pleaser, the wheel was 264 feet high and held 36 passenger cars, each of which could hold 60 passengers. This book chronicles the story of Ferris's invention, explains how he overcame the initial reluctance of the members of the fair committee, and describes the glorious success of the invention, despite a storm with gale-force winds that hit Chicago during the fair. The writing is crisp, clear, and descriptive, moving the story along at a quick pace. While the narrative flows smoothly, a number of thoughts and quotes attributed to Ferris are not documented. The book's strength are the dramatic, mixed-media illustrations, which capture the enormity of Ferris's wheel and its spectacular appearance when lit up at night, that steal the show. With an old-fashioned, vintage flavor perfect for the subject matter, these spreads accurately depict the wheel and Chicago in the 1800s—its buildings and its people. Pair with Kathryn Gibbs Davis's Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (HMH, 2014) for even more information about this remarkable invention. VERDICT A strong addition to book collections dealing with inventors and inventions and useful for discussing how written texts and illustrations work together.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York --Myra Zarnowski (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p121)
  • Kraft and Salerno highlight the technical difficulties and skepticism that accompanied the creation of what’s now known as the Ferris wheel as they profile inventor George Ferris. During preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Ferris presented designs for a steam engine–driven observation wheel with 36 passenger cars. Many doubted the plausibility (and safety) of such a mechanism, but on May 1, the wheel welcomed its first passengers to soaring success. Salerno’s precisely drafted illustrations give a solid sense of the era, including intricate renderings of Chicago architecture and the construction of the wheel, while Kraft creates a genuine suspense in the lead-up to its debut. Ages 5–9. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 7, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Heeding the call to "make big plans" for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, George Ferris designed—and built—the giant observation wheel that now bears his name. Kraft's clear narrative sets the stage for the Columbian Exposition. Following on the 19th century's spectacular achievements in architecture and engineering, a sense of competition prevailed: the fair's organizers stood in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, erected for France's 1889 World's Fair. Ferris' friends and Chicago's fair organizers doubted his plans for their sheer scale: how could a 26-story-tall wheel with 36 cars, each designed to carry 60 passengers, be safely constructed and operated? Ferris found investors and refined his plans. Finally, in December 1892—just 4 1/2 months before the opening—the committee gave Ferris the nod. The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it. Using traditional mixed media as well as Adobe Photoshop to layer, compose, and add color, the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress. A color palette of blue, green, and ochre evokes vintage postcards. Withstanding a tornado in Chicago, Ferris' wheel served again at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair before its eventual scrapping. Kraft credits Ferris' enduring feat; a tall gatefold depicts the London Eye. An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers. (biographical note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-9)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2015)
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Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10445766
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kraft, Betsy Harvey
Dewey number
791.06/80284
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 5 to 9
  • 770L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Salerno, Steven
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ferris, George Washington Gale
  • Ferris, George Washington Gale
  • World's Columbian Exposition
  • Inventors
  • Structural engineering
  • Ferris wheels
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Inventions
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century
  • Inventors
  • Structural engineers
  • Ferris wheels
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the story of inventor George Ferris
Label
The fantastic Ferris Wheel : the story of inventor George Ferris, Betsy Harvey Kraft ; illustrated by Steven Salerno
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1448759
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627790727
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014044914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781627790727
  • (OCoLC)899113935
Label
The fantastic Ferris Wheel : the story of inventor George Ferris, Betsy Harvey Kraft ; illustrated by Steven Salerno
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1448759
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627790727
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014044914
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781627790727
  • (OCoLC)899113935

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