Building the Capital City (Cornerstones of Freedom Second Series)

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Looks at the history of Washington, D.C. from Pierre L'Enfant's original plan for a Federal City through the construction of government buildings, museums, and memorials

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Marlene Targ-Brill is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

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Gr 3-6--Two very different series entries. Brill writes in flowery prose with some general statements that can be misleading. She briefly describes the planning of the city but neglects to say why L'Enfant did not finish the design. She describes many of the important buildings, giving the date that the Washington Monument was completed, but not when it was begun and why it took decades to construct. The text states that the Library of Congress was built "to house national documents," which is an oversimplification at best. Sakurai writes more smoothly and includes many facts about the bell that are not widely known. Full-color and black-and-white photographs appear throughout both books. Deborah Kent's Washington, D.C. (Children's, 1990) and Catherine Reef's Washington D.C. (Dillon, 1990) are for the same age level and are more complete in their coverage. The Liberty Bell, being more limited in scope, is the more useful of the two.

Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA

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