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Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing

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After fourteen years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed, much to the delight of the sister cities it connected: Brooklyn and New York City.

Fireworks and top hats filled the air in celebration when the magnificent bridge opened in 1883. But some wondered just how much weight the new bridge could hold. Was it truly safe?

One man seized the opportunity to show
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Paola Galindo
This book is the true story of what happened after the Brooklyn bridge was completed. Many people had doubts that it was safe to use because they had never seen anything like it before. But when P T Barnum hears that people are scared to go on the bridge he decides to do something to cast away everyone's fear. He marched across the Brooklyn Bridge with the twenty one elephants from his circus. The bridge stayed standing and everyone was happy.

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Kevin Rosendale
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing shows children how Barnum Circus was really ahead of its time, along with sharing the history of the Brooklyn bridge. This story starts out showing us a family looking over the bridge, in this moment the illustrator establishes the time period for the author. In this one illustration we as the audience are able to infer that the time of the book took place in the early 1900's. The main plot of the story is that of the Circus coming through town and walking ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 23rd, 2014

Author: April Jones Prince; Illustrated Francois Roca

Title: Twenty-One Elephants And Still Standing

Plot: April Jones Prince's story focuses on the formation of the Brooklyn Bridge and the story of how people learned to embrace what the "eighth wonder of the world" had to offer.

Setting: New York, New York

Characters: 21 Elephants; P.T. Barnum

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: New Beginnings

Style: Informational; History; Colorful and Realistic Illustrations; Poetic

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Kat
Basic Plot: PT Barnum helps prove the Brooklyn Bridge is safe.

This book is based on an actual historical event. People were apparently unsure of the safety of the Brooklyn Bridge just after it was built. I can understand this. I still get queasy at the thought of going up in very tall skyscrapers and such, though I know they are structurally sound. PT Barnum marched 21 elephants across the bridge in a truly Barnum-worthy stunt that showed the people of New York the bridge was plenty sturdy.

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Jen
I write this review with a huge bias. Fifth graders and I read this picture book over the course of three classes and participated in evidence-based arguments about the setting, the language and the theme. The reflections from the students generally reflected an enjoyment of that process. From my side, it was wonderful to see their engagement in the story while weaving and out of their positions.
Tracey Melcher
After years of construction, the greatly anticipated Brooklyn Bridge is finally open for passage. But many people are questioning whether the bridge will be safe. Phineas T. Barnum of circus fame envisions a spectacular display that will put New Yorkers’ fears to rest once and for all. Twenty-one elephants, weighing around 10,000 pounds each, parade through the city, crossing the bridge to admirers’ cheers. Although this demonstration was unconventional (to say the least) it helped prove the sou ...more
Mikig
Good, but could have been better. The story is a good one, but the illustrations don't give the sense of how the combined weight of 21 elephants would look or feel. The cover is the best illustration of that idea.
Jocelyn
from finding dulcinea blog: After fourteen years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed, much to the delight of the sister cities it connected: Brooklyn and New York City.

Fireworks and top hats filled the air in celebration when the magnificent bridge opened in 1883. But some wondered just how much weight the new bridge could hold. Was it truly safe?

One man seized the opportunity to show people in Brooklyn, New York and the world that the Brooklyn Bridge was in fact strong enough to
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Sarah Shufelt
In May of 1884 visionary P.T. Barnum (of Barnum and Bailey’s Circus fame) ceremonially had twenty-one elephants march across the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge. Fears from New Yorkers that the bridge was not sound were soothed by the massive procession making their way safely across. April Jones Prince’s text flows smoothly, but Francois Roca’s beautiful paintings steal the show. Information about how the author did research for the book is provided and additional sources for those intereste ...more
Kelsey Willnerd
Fun way to teach history without students even knowing. Great pictures as well!
Oana Cerchezan
This easy read book is a great way to show second grade children all the wonderful things this world contains. It contains a piece of history that is not always presented in normal history books. The people in the story talk about how nervous they are that the Brooklyn Bridge will not be able to support a lot of weight. A great science activity to do with the children is to get them to construct their own bridge and test what different objects their bridge can hold.
Debra
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Beth Schencker
Upon completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, P.T. Barnum and his 21 elephants parade across to prove to everyone that the bridge is safe. Beautiful illustrations by Francois Roca help support the story of 21 elephants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Great book to use in a Math or Science lesson to talk about weight, building structure.
Sandra Y.
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing was a good historical fiction beginner book. Based on a true story, P.T. Barnum used his 21 elephants to cross the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge. I would recommend this book for late third to fourth grade and up.
Kaylee Gallup
INFORMATIONAL
Barnum of "barnum and bailey circus" proves the success of the brooklyn bridge by marching 21 elephants across it. I really love the illustrations of this book.
Beth Horn
This book is poetic, not in the sense that it rhymes but that it is metered. the meter makes it fun to read aloud. I also enjoyed the higher level of vocabulary employed.
msrouse
I read this to one of my 4th grade classes and they seemed to enjoy it. Lots of good vocabulary, but it would be difficult for a students to read on their own.
Tracy
This is a very interesting book. Based on a true story, P.T. Barnum used his 21 elephants to cross the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge. Cool!
Rachel
Rich illustrations and an historically interesting story. The text is a bit clunky--not sure whether is wants to be poetry or prose.
Zonia
Good historical fiction beginner book. Topic is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. An easier version of the Phil Bildner book.
Ambra
I love the pictures and enjoyed learning about this real event in history. My kids liked it too.
Jen
Interesting story about how P.T. Barnum proves the success of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Beverly
Interesting story; awesome looking elephants
Paula
Jul 01, 2011 Paula rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Breath-taking and historical!!!
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