Subway: The Story of Tunnels, Tubes, and Tracks

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Beneath the streets of London, Paris, New York, and other cities lie massive, underground worlds of tunnels and trains, transporting millions of people. Undergound railways, or subways, are an engineering marvel. But why were they built? And how? Imagine city streets packed with horse-drawn stages, carriages, wagons, and trolleys --and people. Follow Larry Dane Brimner's high-speed tour of the early subways, from London, where Marc Isambard Brunel solved the problem of tunneling by watching a shipworm at work, to New York City, where Alfred Ely Beach built a secret subway under Broadway. Neil Waldman's realistic illustrations compliment this amazing story and bring to life the early days when subways were first imagined and constructed. Grab your token! Hop on! The train is ready to leave the station.

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Larry Dane Brimner has written more than one hundred books for children and young readers, including Country Bear's Good Neighbor, an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists," and Max and Felix, a Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Neil Waldman has illustrated many books, including  Dream Makers: Young People Share Their  Hopes and Aspirations and The Promised Land: The Birth of the Jewish People, an American Jewish Libraries Notable book. He lives in Greenburgh, New York.

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Gr. 3-6. Published exactly 100 years to the month after the opening of the New York City subway, this book offers a brief, intriguing history of the "marvelous people mover" that transformed a city. Introductory chapters touch on the innovations and cultural influence that shaped the development of New York's rapid transit system, including London's Thames Tunnel and Underground, the influence of electrical power, and the political forces that intervened. Brimmer's straightforward text sometimes feels perfunctory, and the page layouts don't enhance the often too-small illustrations, which include handsome archival photos, prints, and drawings, as well as Waldman's original portraits and paintings. Better verbal and visual explanation of building techniques, such as the "cut and cover" method, would have been useful; for these turn to David Macaulay's Underground (1983). But Waldman offers a solid overview of why subways developed and how they have changed life in New York and in other cities around the world, and his anecdotes about inventors demonstrate how great changes begin with small moments of inspiration. Gillian Engberg
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