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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6-An upbeat blend of science, history, and how-to instruction that will delight children and educators alike. Each chapter consists of numerous short articles combining historical and technical information on the design and construction of bridges with easy hands-on experiments. Contents range from analysis of the arch, beam, and suspension systems to the "care and feeding" of structures and reflections on bridges of the future. Interspersed throughout are simple projects involving building, measurement, or observation, such as testing the strength of varied paper shapes or constructing a Popsicle-stick truss bridge or-for literary types-writing bridge poems. The book concludes with a challenge for young minds to "think outside the box." Students wishing to access the projects quickly can consult the index under "activities." Sidebars such as "Learn the Lingo" and "How It Works" explain key terms and concepts. Others solicit problem-solving responses. Eye-catching photographs and cartoon illustrations in blue and orange tones abound; clear organization of text and unifying page borders create an attractive graphic package. The volume includes a list of notable bridges by state and country; those mentioned in the text are highlighted. This is a good resource for libraries and science centers and will be well thumbed by future generations of bridge builders.
Mary Ann Carcich, Suffolk County Community College Library, Riverhead, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From the Kaleidoscope Kids series, this informative, large-format paperback takes an action-oriented approach to bridges. Children will learn about the structural design, construction, mechanics, and maintenance of bridges, and they will also read entertaining bits of bridge history, from the triumphant to the disastrous. Photographs provide views of famous bridges; cartoonlike drawings show kids engaged in projects such as making a drawbridge using a couple of empty cereal boxes or hanging a suspension bridge between two trees. An appendix lists famous American bridges, state by state; Canadian bridges, province by province; and international bridges, country by country. A lively introduction to the history and science of bridges. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Kaleidoscope Kids
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Williamson Pub; Kaleidoscope Kids edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885593309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885593306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Was THIS book a relief to parents when it came out! One of the few real "How to" learning books about bridges. It explains how & why different types of bridges don't fall down (which is why kids learn about em in the first place) & offers fun instructions on each major kind: arches, beams, trusses, cantilevers, and suspension bridges, you know the deal. Of course, "Bridges: Amazing Structure..."also shows why some bridges fail, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (you've seen this one go on disaster TV shows). Don't wait until your kid says, "Mom, I have to build a bridge by tomorrow." Do it now & put it into storage if necessary.
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By M. Heiss on December 23, 2010
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Your child can do these projects.

Kaleidoscope books are dynamite, because not only do they have science very clearly explained in the text, they also have LOADS of hands-on projects for your child to make (and this is important) with VERY LITTLE HELP from parents.

My 3rd grader made a truss bridge from directions in this book on the very first day we had it -- he put it to use immediately in little brother's train layout. ** see photo in customer images.

This would be great for science fair projects. Don't wait until junior high -- let your kids get a jump on learning about loads and stresses. Excellent, fun learning.
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Fantastic Book! Educational & Lots of Fun! My son built one of the bridges out of household items and "plays" with it constantly. It is obvious that a lot of time, research and thought went into this book. Keeps children of all ages interested.
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Superior instructions for children of all ages. Specific building instructions for all types of bridges and many challenges.
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This book is great- Good explanations on the building and design of bridges. I am using it in a homeschool co-op for activities for our group of kids. I saw it when I want to purchase The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects by Mario Salvadori which is an awsome book but not for a 1st grader. This book is well thought out and fun. I hope to pick up some of the other books in the series.
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This is a great book for kids. It very clearly, but very simply shows kids how bridges works. It also walks them through creating bridges in their homes to showcase how these concepts work. Oh, and there is even a recipe for how to make cement!
This is a must buy if you or your kids are even slightly interested in bridges!
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This is a great book, filled with lots of hands-on activities. The activities are easy to do and the instructions are nice and clear, and, even better, the materials are things that we can find around the house. We've learned a lot about bridges with this book. Very fun.
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My boys (age 7 and 6) and I really enjoy this book. The descriptions and history of each bridge is super detailed and has been a fun springboard for further discussions and the projects are also entertaining and very hands on. Perfect supplement to our homeschool curriculum.
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