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Pop's Bridge

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  182 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
The Golden Gate Bridge. The impossible bridge, some call it. They say it can't be built.

But Robert's father is building it. He's a skywalker--a brave, high-climbing ironworker. Robert is convinced his pop has the most important job on the crew . . . until a frightening event makes him see that it takes an entire team to accomplish the impossible.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Mar 09, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
An interesting story based on the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. The family in the story is fictional though based on the real families of that time. The little boy is so proud of his father for being a steelworker on the bridge; the boy thinks this is the best job of them all! But his best friend's father is a painter, a very important job, too (though our protagonist doesn't want to recognize that.) When, one day, an accident happens on the bridge, the boy realized that all the men workin ...more
Aug 23, 2011 David rated it liked it
Pop's Bridge by Eve Buntnmg, illustrated by C. F. Payne is an historical fiction picturebook look at the building of the Golden Gate Bridge through the eyes of young Robert whose father is a skywalker, one of the brave, high-climbing ironworkers. Robert's Pop is building it, and Robert is convinced that his pop has the most important job on the crew.

Bunting tells this tale, based on real families, from the focus of Robert. Even though Robert's father gives equal credit to the bridge painters, Ro
Lisa Vegan
I wasn’t as touched by this story as I thought I’d be, and while I stayed interested, I didn’t learn anything new from this historical fiction story, and I’d assumed I would. But, I did like this book, and I think it has appeal for those interested in the Golden Gate Bridge, particularly its construction, bridge construction in general, and especially those interested in father and son stories.

I liked the paintings, particularly those of the bridge, but of the people also.

I appreciated how Rober
Nov 01, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it
Eve Bunting writes an uplifting, historical story about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. A young boy named Robert, tells the story with pride, as his father IS building the bridge...having the MOST important job on the crew! "[His father:] is a skywalker-a brave, high-climbing ironworker." Although his friend, Charlie's father works on the bridge as well, Robert seems to feel his father's job is superior. As the structure continues to take shape, readers experience the excitement
Tara Smith
Jul 29, 2015 Tara Smith rated it really liked it
Catagory/Genre: Picture Book/Fiction
Reading Level: AD630L
Interest Level: K-3

Awards: None found.

Description: Robert is a boy whose Dad is helping build the Golden Gate Bridge. He and his friend, Charlie, whose father is also a worker on the bridge spend many days watching their fathers work through binoculars. One day there is a terrible accident on the bridge and the boys look through the binoculars to find out if their fathers are alright. The boys are extremely proud of their father's building
Dec 26, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.5 Stars

This is a very nice fictionalized book about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought it was interesting and informative an truthful! One could use this book as a Non-Fiction (the bridge building information is truthful) or just a nice story. Why I can't give it 4 stars...I don't like the pictures. The over-sized, head ears and teeth, and regular sized bodies makes the people looked deformed and like freaks. So That is really my other complaint!
Emily Wiegman
Feb 07, 2015 Emily Wiegman rated it liked it
The book "Pop's Bridge" provides one boy's perspective during the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Robert's father is one of the skywalkers that works high up on the bridge to place all of the iron pieces into position. After witnessing an accident with workers on the bridge, Robert learns a valuable lesson about the importance of every member on a team of workers. This book shares information about the bridge being built, and the illustrations demonstrate life and clothing a ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Ned rated it really liked it
Tittle: Pop’s bridge

Author: Eye Bunting

In this fiction book we meet Robert and his father. Robert’s father is building the Golden Gate Bridge, he is a fearless skywalker. Robert assumes that his father has the most important job. But by an accident he realize that everyone has the most important job, and that teamwork is important.

What I liked about this book was great ending and how important team work is. The book had very good illustration and showed many nice pictures of the Golden Gate Brid
Ann Ferber
May 07, 2015 Ann Ferber rated it it was amazing
This is a great book on family pride, and doing whatever it takes to take care of family. It's about a boy whose father is helping build The Golden Gate bridge. He follows his father along to work and see's him come across danger. With help his father is fine, but not everyone had the same fate. It also teaches facts about the Golden Gate itself. This would be a great story to read during a unit where you talk about landmarks around the world, or possibly on a day when students parents come in a ...more
Oct 27, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Summary: This is a story about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Robert is a boy who has a father that is working to build the bridge. Robert has faith that his father can do it even when many do not believe it is possible. His father is a high-iron man and works to high up that he is called a skywalker. The boy is so proud of his dad and the job that he loves. When the bridge is almost finished, there is a terrible accident on the bridge. Luckily his dad and his friends dad were safe, but ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Reading this book is helped along by having looked up at, walked on and looked down from the Golden Gate Bridge. The story is told by a boy about him and his friend, whose fathers each work on the bridge, as they watched the bridge being built between 1933 and 1937. A nice touch is the jigsaw puzzle of what the bridge was expected to look like that the boys themselves worked on. Well executed illustrations that are always dominated by the iconic towers and the expansive web of cables.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story takes place from 1933 to 1937, and describes the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the "impossible" bridge that links San Francisco with Marin County, California. Robert and Charlie are friends whose fathers are working on the bridge, Robert's father as a "skywalker," or one who works with the iron high up, and Charlie's as a painter. Robert thinks his father is more important than Charlie's in the construction of the bridge, until an accident makes him see differently. I liked the ...more
Håvard Fiskaa
Titel: Pop's bridge

I like these things about the book:
The bridge was big and red.
The bridge was from San Francisco to Marin.
They puzzled a Picture of the bridge.
When the bridge opned, everybody was happy.

What I dislike about the book:
He called his father pop.

My favourite illustration was:
When the bridge was finished.

Facts I learnes from this book:
The bridge goes from San Francisco to Marin.

I recommed this book to kids aged 6-10
Florence Baumgardner
Apr 06, 2013 Florence Baumgardner rated it liked it
Recommended to Florence by: librarian
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting illustrated be C.F. Payne
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting illustrated be C.F. Payne is a book of historical fiction about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Written for P-Primary readers age 5-8. Robert tells the story about his pop who has the best job as a high-iron worker they call the skywalkers. He watches with his best friend Charlie their pop's as they build and paint the bridge from Fort Point until one day there is an accident on the
Jul 14, 2014 Nayira rated it liked it
Having reads with my kids is such an amazing feeling, I encourage them to read daily, as a passion, for fun!

This story taught us a value lesson of friendship, honesty and empaty. We are all equal doesn't matter what we do for living.

Nov 01, 2009 (NS)Jordyn rated it really liked it
In 1933 construction began on the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, CA. This fictional story tells about a boy named Robert whose father is a "high iron man" working to help build the bridge. The boy's friend has a father who is also working on the bridge. When an accident happens, Robert learns that every man working on the bridge has an important and dangerous job to do. This is another engaging and well written story by Eve Bunting that keeps the reader engaged, thinking, and ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Travis added it
Shelves: multicultural
Multicultural story for whites and Asians! Great story that helps two boys realize that being selfish is not worth it.
Interesting look at the building of the Golden Gate bridge and the effect it had on the son of one of the workers.
Jessica Vandewarker
Apr 17, 2012 Jessica Vandewarker rated it it was amazing
Pop's Bridge gives a great look into the pride and dangers that go into building a bridge. Students will enjoy looking at the building of the great Golden Gate bridge through a young boy's eyes. It is truly a touching story and can be integrated into a unit on bridges or historical landmarks. Students can find many connections between themselves, their family and the book. Students may not understand some of the feelings if they have a missing father figure. Students will enjoy learning about th ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Saika added it
i love it.
Jon Wilson
Pop's Bridge gives the perspective of a boy who is fascinated by the construction of The Golden Gate Bridge, primarily because his father is on the crew building the bridge. Through the story we see the boy's pride in his father and his fear when he realizes that his father could have been injured. This book could be used to talk about how all jobs are necessary no matter how others view them, and it could also launch research into the events that took place when building this bridge and other m ...more
Fisal Ansari
Jul 07, 2011 Fisal Ansari rated it it was amazing
Grades 4-9

General fiction

Working class blue collar perspective.

Golden Gate Bridge, characters depicted.

Personal response:
I thought this book was unique and captured a moment of Eve Bunting's life in fiction. She crossed the bridge when she and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland in the 50s.

Curricular or programming connections: Students could explore sensory, imagery and make connections with the text.
Jan 29, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, one boys could relate to.
Lindsey Stronczek
This book tells the story of the building of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The story is told through the eyes of a little boy whose father is helping build the bridge. Through a series of events the boy finds out that all the jobs of the workers are equally important. This picture book does a great job of describing one of the most important feats of civil engineering in American history.

Apr 17, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Pop's Bridge was such a neat book as the young boy telling it learned the lesson that everyone is important in order to be successful. Without everybody doing their part things will not get done. This could be a great way to introduce at the start of the year about working together within the classroom.
Jeanette Johnson
May 27, 2011 Jeanette Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great story about the building of the Golden Gate bridge as seen through the eyes of a child who's dad is one of the workers. Nice facts and details about the project in "a note from the author".
Julie Suzanne
Apr 19, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids who are interested in buildings, bridges, their dads
Recommended to Julie by: Interest in Eve Bunting
This is going to be a great "anchor" in differentiating instruction--research skills. What would be the setting? Which president is in this picture?
Jun 11, 2008 Devin rated it really liked it
Incredible art!! Great message about team work/working together, sharing, recognizing the importance of everyone for the contributions they make.
Nov 27, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it
This book was very informative book, readers can learn about The Golden Gates Bridge and one boy's story about his father building the bridge.
Oct 22, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Tell's the story of the building of the Golden Gate bridge through the eyes of a young boy watching his father in his dangerous task.
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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