A stunning new information book from best-selling author/illustrator Peter Kent, that presents some of the most spectacular and challenging building projects in history. From the ancient Egyptians, through the medieval cathedral-builders, the makers of the first suspension bridges and skyscrapers, to the complexities of a modern airport, the book traces the ways in which we have learnt to build ever more complex structures. Behind each project there is a story, of individuals determined to turn their vision into reality. These stories of enormous human ingenuity and struggle, and often of heroism too.
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Peter Kent is the author and illustrator of Slice through a City, Quest for the West, Behind Bars, Hidden under the Ground, Hidden under the Sea, and Fantastic Feasts.From Booklist:
Gr. 4-7. The emphasis here is on big, muscular feats of architecture and engineering. Many of the great building projects that you would expect are included: an Egyptian pyramid, a European cathedral, the Great Wall of China, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Eiffel Tower. The author also adds some lesser-known structures, such as the Eddystone Lighthouse (built in the late seventeenth century in Plymouth, England) and the Woolworth building, an early New York skyscraper. The text is concise, yet informative, describing each project's construction in a few pages. The illustrations are clear, crisp, and frequently humorous, laid out on pages that effectively use white space. The book ends with the Chek Lap Kok Airport, completed in Hong Kong during the 1990s. Most of the buildings featured here are covered elsewhere, but the clarity of the book's presentation will make it a worthwhile addition to many collections. Todd Morning
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11019910784X