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Brooklyn Bridge

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
"It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, but a bridge."
So wrote one architectural critic of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the grandest and most eloquent monuments to the American spirit that our country has produced.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Laura Brower
Nov 29, 2016 Laura Brower rated it it was amazing
This informational book embarks upon the jaw-dropping tale of the construction and completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. Lynn Curlee highlights the remarkable engineering and craftsmanship that the builders executed in order to make the bridge a reality. Students will learn about different aspects such as the deaths and injuries many builders faced throughout the process. For instance, Curlee writes about the chief engineer, John Roebling, who died while working on the bridge because of an accident ...more
Colleen McCormack
Nov 18, 2016 Colleen McCormack rated it liked it
A different way to see how the Brooklyn bridge was built and the new technology used to create this iconic bridge. The book went into just enough depth about the journey of the bridge, the people involved making it, and what it means to some people today.
Feb 18, 2017 Teri rated it it was ok
Shelves: bridges
so long!!! watch the PBS special on the Brooklyn Bridge instead!
Emily Egbers
Apr 15, 2016 Emily Egbers rated it liked it
Shelves: informational
This book analyzes the making of the Brooklyn Bridge, including all o the struggles and successes that occurred while creating this historical monument. John Roebling began designing the bridge in 1867. However, he passed away and his son took over the project as Chief Engineer. A fire was started in 1870 in the caisson of the bridge after someone left a lamp on. This required the caisson to be flooded, setting back construction for several months. As workers began digging for the second foundat ...more
Mar 21, 2016 RachelWilliams rated it really liked it

Brooklyn Bridge would be a great way to start a history lesson with students making timelines with the book. The book could also be an excellent way to get children excited about science and engineering. I believe that it is best suited for fourth and fifth grade.

Brooklyn Bridge chronicles the making of the Brooklyn Bridge, including all the struggles and successes of creating this historic monument. In 1867 John Roebling begins designing the bridge; however he dies and his son takes over as Chi
Nov 29, 2012 Jameisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: information-book
I don’t think I’ve ever read a picture book like this. I really liked it. I didn’t know much about the Brooklyn bridge except that it’s in New York, but after reading this I learned a lot about the bridge, it’s inventors, and the process of constructing it. Sometimes I think we don’t recognize how neat and exciting history can be, and this book showed me that. Everybody has heard of the Brooklyn Bridge, but they probably don’t think about how something so complex was created during a time when p ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
Amazing story of the time and physical effort to build the Brooklyn Bridge, the world's first steel suspension bridge, the "8th wonder of the world." I had no idea the foundations were dug by hand; Curlee's clean diagrams helped me to envison how this back-breaking work was done, and the text enlightened me as to what miserable conditions the men worked in, and who the men who dug the foundations were. I also didn't know that so many people got "the bends" as the foundation for one of the two to ...more
This is an informational picture book for older readers age 8-12. This book describes and talks about the Brooklyn Bridge. From the engineering behind it to the contributions for each person that worked on it, the book is very detailed. The bridge was finished in 1883 after 16 years in the making and many people put their heart and soul into the construction of the massive bride. This book tells the story of he Roebling family and their journey with the bridge. Many of the workers were injured, ...more
Amie Sergio
Nov 13, 2011 Amie Sergio rated it it was amazing
Amazing illustrations and access features. Contains several diagrams and maps of Brooklyn bridge. Also provides the specifications of the Brooklyn Bridge such as its total weight, total length, number of cables, and so forth. A book that can be greatly appreciated by those who live in New York and who are interested in architecture. Shares the purpose of why the bridge was built, who helped in creating the bridge, what happend during its creation, and how it was the subject of many movies, novel ...more
Sep 29, 2009 earthy rated it it was ok
Nice artwork combining acrylics and photography. Good historical info on the design and building of the Brooklyn Bridge. However, the narrative didn't do a very good job of drawing me in--I was somewhat bored throughout much of the technical information. Probably a good choice for a kid interested in architecture and/or history.
Janet Squires
The Brooklyn Bridge, a Robert F. Sibert honor book written and illustrated by Lynn Curlee, is a beautifully illustrated book that details the construction of what was once the tallest structure in North America. The text weaves together the engineering feat with the lives of John, Washington and Emily Roebling who brought this historic project to completion.
Brindi Michele
Apr 20, 2013 Brindi Michele rated it it was amazing
2002 Sibert Honor

Such an interesting Brooklyn Bridge was built.

and the ending made me tear up because it mentioned the Twin Towers, and by mention I mean they were still there at the time, which means this book was probably published in early 2001. Therefore, my co-worker and I wonder if it's one of the reasons it won the honor...
Dec 18, 2011 Anndee rated it really liked it
Kid's book. I picked this one up on a whim since I've always been interested in how this bridge was built. I even caught my son reading it this morning during breakfast. Good diagrams help to explain the bridge.
Kristine Hansen
Sep 01, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
A rather meaty book for kids (I was surprised at the level of detail) explaining how the Brooklyn Bridge was built. I am amazed on reading this, and learned quite a bit that I never knew. These builders were absolutely genius to figure it out like this.

Great book!
Lisa Ford
Mar 10, 2008 Lisa Ford rated it really liked it
This had great facts and pictures about how the bridge was built and how the engineer who designed it was really ahead of his time. It was interesting for even me who is not very into engineering and bridge building. It is also on the Sibert, Orbis, and Notable list.
Morgan Groth
Sep 08, 2016 Morgan Groth added it
Shelves: science, aims
This would be a great book when talking about engineering and what kind of structures make good bridges and buildings.
Apr 20, 2010 Chelsey added it
Shelves: el-ed-340
Jackson Matthews
Feb 13, 2011 Jackson Matthews rated it really liked it
A little over BrookPie's head, but because of the title she likes to hear from it. It is great information packed into a children's book ...
Vicki Hinesley
Jun 30, 2010 Vicki Hinesley rated it it was amazing
excellent detail
Informational read about the Brooklyn Bridge for elementary or junior high level.
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