Skyscrapers

Uncovering Technology (Uncovering series)

By Oxlade, Chris & Thorne, Martha Covington

Publishers Summary:
Who designs skyscrapers? How are they built? Why don't they fall down? From the Tower of Babel to the Great Pyramids to New York's Freedom Tower (to be completed in 2010), skyscrapers in one form or another have captured humankind's imagination. This book covers the world's most important skyscrapers, beginning with the earliest attempts to build to the sky, through the major design periods, and right up to post-September 11. The acetate overlays feature: The Chrysler Building: cutaway view of the crown The New York Skyline: 1876 and today The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank: cutaway view of its structure The Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur: in 1996, the world's tallest building. The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail. Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

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ISBN
978-1-55407-136-4
Publisher
Firefly Books


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2007

Gr 4-8 Appealing visuals and plenty of well-chosen facts highlight key historical developments in these series entries. In familiar "Eyewitness"-style layouts, each spread contains several drawings or photographs in color accompanied by paragraph-length captions. Both titles progress chronologically. "Airplanes" moves smoothly from military and commercial air developments and back again, showing how both areas impacted technological advances. "Skyscrapers" focuses on architectural styles, individual buildings, and geographical trends, such as East Asian construction in the l...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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