The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris

4.01 avg rating
( 135 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781627790727: The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea―a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel.

The planners didn't think it could be done. They called it a "monstrosity." It wouldn't be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, George's Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Betsy Harvey Kraft is the author of several nonfiction children's books, including Theodore Roosevelt: Champion of the American Spirit, which was an ALA Notable Book, a National Council of Social Studies Notable Book, and an NYPL Top 100 Title for Reading and Sharing. She lives in Washington, DC.

Steven Salerno has illustrated more than twenty picture books, including Brothers At Bat, which made the NY Times Book Review's list of notable picture books for 2012, BOOM!, and Coco the Carrot. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, he lives in New York City.

Review:

A CBC NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
A CBC NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
An ILA Teacher's Choice Reading List Selection

“The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it. . . the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress. . . An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“The writing is crisp, clear, and descriptive, moving the story along at a quick pace. . .The book's strength are the dramatic, mixed-media illustrations, which capture the enormity of Ferris's wheel and its spectacular appearance when lit up at night, that steal the show. . .A strong addition to book collections dealing with inventors and inventions and useful for discussing how written texts and illustrations work together.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Excellent as a research source or an addition to STEM curriculum, this volume is likely to interest readers who delight in building and designing, and maybe even those who are timid about amusement-park rides. This kid-friendly resource is a solid choice for collections in need of thrill-ride histories or engineering and invention titles.” ―Booklist

“Salerno’s precisely drafted illustrations give a solid sense of the era, including intricate renderings of Chicago architecture and the construction of the wheel, while Kraft creates a genuine suspense in the lead-up to its debut” ―Publishers Weekly

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 17.99
US$ 5.99

Convert currency

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey
Published by Henry Holt & Company 2015-10-13 (2015)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt & Company 2015-10-13, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Seller Inventory # 9781627790727B

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2015. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KB-9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.18
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Condition: New. 1627790721 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|1.1. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Betsy Harvey Kraft
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 42 pages. 0.499. Seller Inventory # 9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Betsy Harvey Kraft
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Condition: New. Steven Salerno (illustrator). 42 pages. Dimensions: 0.0in. x 0.0in. x 0.0in.The Worlds Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fairs planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for Frances fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea--a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel. The planners didnt think it could be done. They called it a monstrosity. It wouldnt be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, Georges Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Betsy Harvey Kraft
Published by Henry Holt & Company
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt & Company. Hardback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.09
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey; Salerno, Steven [Illustrator]
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2015)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1627790721

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 9
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Condition: New. 1627790721 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Betsy Harvey Kraft
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2015)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2015. Condition: New. Steven Salerno (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1627790721

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Betsy Harvey Kraft, Steven Salerno (illustrator)
Published by Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Company 2015-01-01, New York (2015)
ISBN 10: 1627790721 ISBN 13: 9781627790727
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Company 2015-01-01, New York, 2015. hardback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781627790727

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.86
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.83
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book