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Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  22 reviews
On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap.

It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman's husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well.

When he fell ill mid-construction, h
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
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Emily Mae Stevens
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book by accident when I auto-filled a Google search incorrectly. Because I share a name with Emily Roebling, and I knew that John and Washington Roebling take credit for building the Brooklyn Bridge, I was intrigued by the title and started digging.

It is incredible to me that Emily has been nearly erased by history, when her impact was and is so great. Young girls NEED stories like the one in this book - that tell them they can be more than what the world says they can be, and if t
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Cindy Dobrez
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why am I always surprised when I learn of yet another suppressed achievement by a woman? If the picture book biography trend has done nothing else (and that's not the case), it has highlighted overlooked achievements by women in our history. Science and math achievements seem to figure prominently in the trend. Like Lynn noted in her review, I wonder what else Emily Roebling might have achieved given more opportunity. Fascinating that after her role in helping get the Brooklyn Bridge built, she ...more
Erin
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge is an important landmark in New York City. Emily Roebling was a woman before her time. Growing up she learned about traditional women roles with cooking, cleaning, sewing and piano but she also studied math and science. Emily's father-in-law was a famous engineer and her husband worked with him. She would accompany him on his trips to learn new techniques of bridges. When her husband became ill she took charge. Diving into studying and learning all she could about brid ...more
Baby Bookworm
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built The Brooklyn Bridge by Rachel Dougherty, an awesome look at a woman ahead of her time.

As a child, Emily was fascinated by science and math, pursuits rarely encouraged for girls in the 1800’s. She eventually grew up to marry Washington Roebling, a fellow lover of knowledge and the son of famed engineer John Roebling. When John sent his son to Europe to learn about new technologies for building bridges, Emily joined him an
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Barbara
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge is an important landmark in New York City, and this picture book only made me appreciate it even more. Who knew that its construction owes a great deal to a woman--Emily Roebling? As a young girl, Emily Warren studied math and science and was interested in engineering. When her husband traveled to Europe to learn about new bridge building techniques, Emily accompanied him. They returned with plans to use a caisson to build a bridge that would link Brooklyn and Manhatta ...more
Christine Turner
On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap. It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman's husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well. When he fell ill mid-construction, her knowledge came in handy. She supervised every aspect of the project while he was bedridden, and she continued to learn a ...more
Lynn
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A remarkable story about a truly remarkable woman who essentially taught herself the math, science and engineering necessary to oversee and complete the building of the innovative Brooklyn Bridge. I didn't know this story and it is a welcome introduction of a brilliant and determined woman. Another example of the real tragedy of society's repression of women throughout history. Roebling didn't let much stop her but I can't help but wonder what ELSE she might have also accomplished under differen ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Who knew that it was a woman who led the way to the building of the Brooklyn Bridge?! An excellent secondary read-aloud for STEM, bridge building, and Women's History Month. This book is about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge by John Roebling in the 1880s and finished by his wife, Emily Roebling after he passed away from an infection. Emily Roebling proved in the 1800s that women could be as successful in science and engineering as any man.

Students may have walked over The John A. Roebling S
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Nancy
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan Island. It was begun by John Roebling in the 1880's and finished by his widow, Emily Roebling after he passed away from an infection. Emily was very much involved in the building of the bridge and learned lots of math and engineering concepts to supervise the men. This book is about Emily and John and the Brooklyn bridge. This is a book with a lot of big words like Caisson Sickness and Catenary. Fortunately, ...more
Molly
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This picture book tells the story of Emily Roebling who greatly contributed to the planning and building of the Brooklyn Bridge at a time when women were discouraged from studying STEM subjects. While John Roebling, her father-in-law, and Washington Roebling, her husband, are considered the creators of the bridge, Emily was the actual driving force behind most of the operation. Her work is often overlooked and this book brings it to the forefront. While the book does deal with very technical thi ...more
Laura
Did you know it was a woman who ended up leading the way in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge?! Read all about it and learn some incredible specifics regarding how this iconic bridge was engineered and built. Use this book as a springboard for STEM bridge challenges or biography projects. This would be an excellent addition to your collection of books about strong women role models – perfect for Women’s History Month!

I received a copy of this book from the Library Learners groupo in exchange
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Emily
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
We need more books about women's overlooked contributions in history! I was really looking forward to this because I did a report on the Brooklyn Bridge when I was in elementary school. There was certainly no mention of Emily Roebling in my research back then-- all the sources made it sound like Washington Roebling managed to continue the project from his bed even after becoming sick. Yay for recognition of women's accomplishments, especially in STEM fields!
Lisa Swope
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe how difficult it was for women to get an education, not that long ago. Her family was in bridges and she married a man who built bridges, and yet she only got to learn as a tag-along. And then hubs got sick, but fortunately someone knew all "his" plans, and construction continued under her unattributed supervision.
Tara
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved learning about a woman I was not familiar with. I love that while the book showed women are capable and intelligent, it didn’t have to prove that point with a ‘better than men’ mentality. More wordy than a picture book, but written to appeal to a variety of ages. Provides additional resources and information in the back.
Kelly
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd heard of this story and I love that it's written for children. It's about empowering women, sure...but it's also about working together and perservering. I thought the illustrations were a little too cartoonish.
MaryLibrarianOH
This a story that I wasn’t familiar with. Inspiring for girls who just might become engineers with the right role models. From advance reader copy.
Solange Guillen
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of many stories about women’s achievements being minimized by social standards.
Remarkable.
Edward Sullivan
Fascinating story of Emily Roebling's key role in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sandy
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read for children interested in STEM. My daughter and I both enjoyed this one.
Lisa D
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating book about the history of the Brooklyn bridge! Loved it! Cute book for kids who love science & math and to realize the accomplishments of women in our country !
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent choice for teaching STEM.
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