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George Ferris, What a Wheel!

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Have you ever ridden a Ferris wheel? You go up, up, up and can see for miles! But when the inventor of the Ferris wheel, George Ferris, first pitched the idea, everyone thought he was crazy. A 250-foot bicycle wheel that goes around and around and carries people in train cars? Can't be done, they said. But George proved them wrong. Read about how George's hard work, courag ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Okay, when presenting info to children or adults please don't make it boring. Sentence structure here is poor and when one attempts to create a book or any item of art and has to stay with in a particular structure something of beauty is missing. There are facts here to be sure, but missing is the fact that George Ferris actually entered a contest to build something unique for the World's Fair in 1893. The text does feature several pictures from the actual construction of the wheel. No bibliogra ...more
Do you like? Sentence fragments! You will enjoy. This book?

It's a lovely topic and idea, and this book indeed "exposes students to informational text", as it promises. I am less confident about its abilities when it comes to "English Language Arts and Literacy". If we are to provide kids with interesting books to read in order to "develop important cognitive skills", why not also provide them with well-written text?

I'm just saying.
Kathryn Dykes
Lowell, Barbara. George Ferris: What A Wheel. The Penguin Group, 2014. 32 p. Gr. 1-4.

Plot Summary: The biggest ideas can often be sparked by something quite ordinary and small, this was the case for George Ferris. As a respected engineer of bridges residing in Chicago, George decided to think outside the box and show everybody at the 1893 World’s Fair something spectacular that would out do even the great Thomas Edison, a Ferris Wheel. Despite his colleagues disapproval of what looked like a gia
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Lowell, Barbara. George Ferris, What a Wheel!. Penguin Group (USA), 2014. 32 p. Gr. K-4.

Students are introduced to George Ferris, the engineer who invented the Ferris Wheel in 1893 for the Chicago World's Fair. Book art includes a unique mixed-media overlay style of photo on print. The text briefly introduces Ferris' early life as it relates to his inspiration for the Ferris Wheel and progresses through design, approval, financing, problem-solving, and building processes as the wh
Holly Mueller
A book about George Ferris has such promise, and if the book were designed as a larger picture book with quality paper and binding, it could've been beautiful. The sepia tones of the cover and the red title have a lot of appeal. However, it's a Core Concepts book and is sold as such. Too bad. I did like the information about George Ferris, though. His grit and imagination were inspiring. The Ferris Wheel, built for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, was quite an accomplishment. I want Brian Floca ...more
This book was specifically written to address the Common Core Standards, complete with guided discussion questions. That is usually a tip-off that a book is less than a literary or artistic treasure. But this proved to be a really interesting story about George Ferris's quest to build a world-class attraction for the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition. A story of math and science and also persistence and determination. It was an incredible accomplishment!
Sandra Byrd Lawson
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very informative, yet enjoyable. Loved this story!
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Valerie Lawson
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
the illustrations, together with the actual pictures really help enhance the fantastic story of how this magnificent wheel came into being.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well written! Loved the illustrations mingled with original photographs.
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There are some interesting facts about George Ferris and his invention of the ferris wheel.
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Barbara Lowell is the author of Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever; Daring Amelia; Alexander Hamilton American Hero and more books for children including: My Mastodon (Spring 2020) and Behind the Bookcase: Miep Gies, Anne Frank and the Hiding Place (Spring 2021)