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The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal (Aladdin Picture Books)

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IMPOSSIBLE!
When De Witt Clinton, a young politician, first dreams of building a canal to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, folks don't believe such a thing can be done. But eight long years after the first shovelful of earth is dug, Clinton realizes his vision at last. The longest uninterrupted canal in history has been built, and it is now possible to trave
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I met the author shortly after she wrote this book. She certainly found her niche with these historical books. I have a fondness for books about the Erie Canal because I live in Rome, where the canal was first begun, and because part of the original 1817 "Clinton's Ditch" is behind my house. I especially like this book because she emphasizes how important the Erie Canal was, not just to New York State, but to the opening of the West and westward expansion, which I hadn't known before. The U.S. m ...more
Heatherhh
Jan 09, 2013 Heatherhh rated it did not like it
The book was not what I expected. The majority of it is about the first trip on the Erie canal, going from town to town, lots of people excited, fireworks, etc. Much of the story was just telling how town A was very excited, and then town B was very excited! Very little interesting or educational in those pages.

There were only about 8 pages talking about the need for the canal, the efforts to get it build, how long it took, etc. Nothing at all in the main text about the building of it or how it
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Nov 26, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie read for November Pizza Hut Reading challenge..krb 11/26/16

Ellie is learning to play the song Low Bridge, Everybody down on the piano so it was a perfect time to read this book again....krb 1/20/17
Katherine
Dec 16, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary, history
363 miles of vision and construction. Book follows the first parade and use of the canal. Documents what it meant to the area. As always, has Harness's stunningly detailed illustrations that could almost be a book of themselves.
Shellys♥ Journal
Nov 01, 2012 Shellys♥ Journal rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Tells the story of the construction of the Erie Canal. The detailed drawings also depict the route and help kids visualize where and what was happening at each location.
Shaeley Santiago
Fascinating book about building the Erie Canal. The illustrations include maps and diagrams about the workings of the canal. Would be a great supplement for a U.S. history class.
Macy Morrison
Good historical book with vivid pictures.
Ebookwormy1
Another informative and fun book from Cheryl Harness. A pleasure to read and own.
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This book will capture your imagination with the can-do spirit of America.
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