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Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. Commentary:
We call them “Causeways”, but they are actually bridges. Keeping the Barrier Islands connected to the Mainland, they make it possible for us to travel quickly and efficiently across the Intracoastal waterways and rivers in Brevard County. Fascinated by these amazing structures and how they are built, we chose Pop’s Bridge – written by Eve Bunting, and illustrated by C.F. Payne as our new S.T.E.M. book to highlight. This book tells the story of the building of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, completed in 1937, and considered and international marvel of engineering. Good for Grades 2-5 and an interesting book to read aloud to children in any grade.
A Review from School Library Journal
Gr1 to Gr4
“Robert and his friend Charlie Shu spend many an afternoon at Fort Point watching from afar as their dads work on the crews building the Golden Gate Bridge. Robert’s father is a high-iron man, a sky walker, and, in his son’s eyes, has a far more important and dangerous job than the painting Charlie’s dad does. When Robert’s mom gives the youngsters a jigsaw puzzle based on an artist’s rendering of the yet-to-be completed bridge, Robert hides a piece to give his father the honor of completing the puzzle. When a scaffold falls and 10 men die, however, he realizes that the work is equally dangerous for all involved. While the two families are celebrating the completion of the bridge, he cuts the last puzzle piece, offering half to each dad. Finish it. It’s your bridge. It belongs to both of you, he says. The text is followed by an author’s note recounting the Golden Gate’s history. Payne’s striking mixed-media illustrations bleed off the pages and offer interesting views of the impossible bridge–against a star-filled sky, through a binocular lens. The spread featuring delighted throngs, both boys front and center, walking across the bridge at its opening and that of the dads, index fingers meeting across the page to complete the puzzle, say more poignantly than words that people of different backgrounds can come together to accomplish the unthinkable. Deborah Hopkinson’s Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building (Random, 2006) features more sky walkers at their dangerous jobs.”
—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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“The bridge is San Francisco’s fabled Golden Gate, and Robert’s father is helping to build it. Pop is a high-iron worker, what folks called a “skywalker.” And, in the year 1937, he is one of more than a thousand men who are engaged in constructing the “impossible bridge.” Robert’s friend Charlie Shu’s father, a painter, is also involved, but Robert secretly feels Pop’s job is more important than Mr. Shu’s. Then an accident forces him to rethink things. Distinguished by its lovely, understated text and Payne’s lavish and affectionate mixed-media pictures, this picture book does a quietly successful job of humanizing one of the most important feats of civil engineering in American history. For more about skywalkers, recommend Deborah Hopkinson’s Sky Boys (2006), about workers who built the Empire State Building.”
– Michael Cart – Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.
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Additional books about bridges:
“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 hold even the heaviest of passengers. P. T. Barnum, creator of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” would present a show too big for the Big Top and too wondrous to forget.” –Grade 1-5–
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“Discover how bridges are made! Through full-color photographs, easy-to-read text, and hands-on projects, young engineers and architects are introduced to the world of bridges, including the types of bridges, how they’re built, and key terms. This fast-paced nonfiction book will engage budding engineers while also covering U.S. Next Generation Science standards and National Science Education Standards.” – Grades 2 to 5 –
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