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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford is a biography about George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.  But it's an amazing picture book, also. This story is about how Ferris was able to get his Wheel constructed for the World's Fair in Chicago and it's also scattered with other facts about structures, building, and quotes.  There's a bibliography with additional quote sources and websites.
The illustrations are digital mixed media with ink and watercolor. The artwork is tremendously captivating.  At first I thought it seemed like a nod to the past, but the more I looked through it, again and again, it is in an old-fashioned stylized manner, but it is not old looking.  It is fresh, uses brilliant dark blues and purples with a shining yellow and orange coming through with copious amount of pinks.  The structures, buildings, and cityscapes are breathtaking.
This title will be well used in third to sixth grades to encourage engineering projects, discussion and plans on building and ways to improve.  Any classroom that wants to include STEM or STEAM needs to use this book.  I'll tell children, parents and teachers about it.

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