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Skyscraper
by Lynn Curlee


Overview - Did you know that it took ten million bricks to build the Empire State Building?

Did you know that residents of the John Hancock Center sometimes have to call down to the doorman to find out the weather on the streets below?

Did you know a building in Dubai is planned to be nearly one half mile high?  Read more...


 
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Overview
Did you know that it took ten million bricks to build the Empire State Building?

Did you know that residents of the John Hancock Center sometimes have to call down to the doorman to find out the weather on the streets below?

Did you know a building in Dubai is planned to be nearly one half mile high?

In Skyscraper, Lynn Curlee delves into one of man's endless fascinations -- building as high in the sky as possible.

From the the Empire State Building to the Chrysler Building, to the Sears and Hancock Towers, to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, to the World Trade Center, Curlee captures all the drama, excitement, and tragedy of man's attempt to reach ever closer to the clouds. Skyscraper details the history of these monuments to ambition, science, and curiosity, beginning with their origins at the Pyramid of Giza and the Eiffel Tower and then moving to New York (the skyscraper capital of the world), Chicago, Boston, and finally to the skyward expansion that is spreading across the globe.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689844898
  • ISBN-10: 0689844891
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books
  • Publish Date: February 2007
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 12.17 x 9.22 x 0.49 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.26 pounds


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Modern megaliths reach for the sky

Chicago is famous for many things: the Cubs, Bears & Bulls, hot dogs, the ice cream cone, the Ferris wheel, but strangely, not its skyscrapers. Oh, it has them all right, lots of them, with the John Hancock and Sears towers anchoring both ends of the downtown loop, but the truth is that Chicago is truly the second city when it comes to skylines—New York City is the top dog, and is unlikely to give up that title anytime soon, since it is home to the Chrysler Building, the UN, the Empire State Building and the soon-to-be-built replacement for the World Trade Center. Yet, in fact, Chicago was the birthplace of the skyscraper, with the construction of the Home Insurance Building in 1885, which stood an amazing 11 stories tall! This is just the beginning of Lynn Curlee's delightful new book for young readers, Skyscraper, a richly illustrated and well researched look at the monumental megaliths of modern society.

While written for your average fifth-grader, the book will appeal to readers of all ages; it doesn't talk down to young readers, instead providing enough information in its brief span to qualify as a crash course on the history of tall buildings. You'll learn the difference between art and architecture, and discover when they are one and the same. From the jumping-off point of the first steel-framed structure, Curlee explains how that building, along with the simultaneous development of other technologies (elevators, electric lights and telephones) pushed architects and builders to reach ever higher.

As a veteran children's book author, with works on the Statue of Liberty, baseball parks, the Parthenon and many others to his credit, Curlee knows how to engage the never-ending curiosity of children. As an art historian, he is adept at explaining the various styles and schools of design for these increasingly massive buildings, and as an artist he is equally adept at illustrating them. Moreover, his illustrations qualify as fine art themselves, from a portrait of famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White to an iconic rendering of the Empire State Building taken from one of its famous elevator doors. You'll be tempted to take out pages and frame them—just don't let your kids catch you. Better yet, get a copy of Skyscraper for yourself.

 
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