By: Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Perhaps you have been to the State Fair of Texas and seen the Texas Star Ferris wheel there. Did you know that this type of attraction is named after its creator, Mr. Ferris?
This book describes the creation of the first Ferris wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Since the Eiffel Tower had been the star attraction at the last World’s Fair, what would impress the world next?
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was an experienced engineer. When he first pitched his wheel idea to the construction chief of the fair, the chief thought it would fall apart. George, however, was not put off and knew steel well. He decided that a steel alloy would be the essence of both a delicate-looking and strong structure.
What happens next, as they say, is history.
This book is recommended for sharing aloud with younger children interested in Ferris wheels or could be a jumping off point for grade-school children learning about engineering.
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Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)