Item description for The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book) by Elizabeth Mann & Alan Witschonke...
Overview Tells the dramatic story of the danger, suffering, courage, and genius that went into the building of one of America's most famous landmarks--an extraordinarily sophisticated feat of modern engineering.
They called the river the Red Bull. Desert silt gave the Colorado its distinctive color, but it was its power and unpredictability that made its fierce reputation. Speeding down from the high Rockies, the Colorado would flood without warning, wiping out any farmer foolish enough to settle near its banks.
But what if the Red Bull could be tamed? Farmlands irrigated by the Colorado's waters could bloom in the desert. Cities electrified by the Colorado's power could grow and prosper. The Hoover Dam grew from this dream and with it much of the modern American west.
Built in the middle of The Great Depression, the Hoover Dam was set in an unforgiving landscape whose climate defied habitation much less intense, backbreaking physical labor. Yet, during those hard times and in that desolate place, there rose an extraordinarily sophisticated feat of modern engineering.
The Hoover Dam is the dramatic story of the danger, suffering, courage and genius that went into the building of one of America's most famous landmarks.
"Wonders of the World" series
The winner of numerous awards, this series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.
""One of the ten best non-fiction series for young readers."" - Booklist
Citations And Professional Reviews The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book) by Elizabeth Mann & Alan Witschonke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 496
School Library Journal - 12/01/2001 page 167
Booklist - 12/01/2001 page 656
Horn Book Magazine - 03/01/2002 page 229
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2002 page 29
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 439
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 28
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 439
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 263
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 319
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 362
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.4" Width: 10.35" Height: 0.44" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 2001
Publisher Mikaya Press
ISBN 1931414025 ISBN13 9781931414029
Availability 0 units.
More About Elizabeth Mann & Alan Witschonke
Elizabeth Mann has written nine Wonders of the World books, an award-winning series. She is former teacher in New York, holds an M.S.E. and is cofounder of Mikaya Press.
Fernando Rangel was born in Bogata, Colombia, and grew up in Queens, N.Y. He earned a B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts and trained at the Chatauqua School of Art.
Elizabeth Mann currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Elizabeth Mann was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book)?
A Look at the times as well as the accomplishment Feb 3, 2005
Building the Hoover Dam was hard, dangerous work and many people died constructing it. However, times were so tought, there was no shortage of people willing to work on it. Excellent photos and illustrations and interesting quotes from people who helped build the dam. There is a four-page fold-out diagram that shows how the dam was built. There are dam facts, a list of those who died, and an index at the end of the book. Karen Woodworth Roman, Children's Science Book Review
Illustrations are stunning...and well worth my time! Apr 29, 2002
While the information in the book was extremely accurate, it seemed a bit long for this style of a picture book.
As an introduction to our Hoover Dam unit, I opted to focus, instead, on the absolutely stunning illustrations and allow my students to write their own words.
Later in the unit, I made the book available to my students and many found it to be a wonderful reference tool. It was quite complimentary to McBride's: Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression yet a lot more appropriate for fourth graders.
While Mann's book can be a great classroom reference for a Hoover Dam unit, it is not recommended as a read-aloud.