Building the Golden Gate Bridge: An Interactive Engineering Adventure

9781491403983. ea vol: 112p. (You Choose: Engineering Marvels). bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. 2014. lib. ed. $31.32.
Gr 5–8—These "Choose Your Own Adventure"—style books invite readers to assume roles as architects and builders of sites that set historical records in their magnitude. A bit of introductory history is followed by a stop-and-start account that asks readers to flip to different pages based on the choices they make. The fragmented nature of the series can be confusing, and despite the creative take on the topic, some of the writing is on the dry side. Readers who perservere will be presented with a grim, realistic view of the human cost of these large-scale projects (many of the options end with the death or dismissal of the worker) and some interesting sketches of history. Two "Further Paths to Explore" suggest exercises in reading and writing to aid students with key ideas and details. More ambitious than appealing, these will best serve as supplemental material for classroom units dealing with famous structures.

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