From School Library Journal
Grade 2-6–Large photographs of the construction of the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, MA, are the core of this book. The simple text explains the process from the design by Frank O. Gehry to the completed building. Construction-zone activity, equipment, and jargon are pictured and explained. Caution tape frames the pictures and separates blocks of bright colors and text. Words in bold, such as concrete and rebar, are defined and explained at the bottom of the page on which they appear. These explanations are indicated by orange diamond-shaped signs with a question mark, adding to the construction-zone feel. Children will be fascinated by both the picture story and the informative text. Adults will appreciate the photojournalist's note about his experience in documenting the three-year construction of this very unique building.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Full-color photographs and often lyrical prose document the real-life construction of a building--from architectural plans to finishing touches. In simple declarative sentences, Hudson introduces the diverse people, equipment, and construction activities, interjecting lively commentary along the way. Specialized vocabulary (excavate, rebar
, etc.) appears in boldface and is effectively defined at the bottom of the page in small type. Photos range from small close-ups to awesome two-page spreads picturing the city and the men and women of the culturally diverse crew. It's hard to resist the excitement of cranes hoisting steel beams; the intricate mazes of pipes, cables, and wires; and the dramatic reveal of the completed structure lit up against the night sky. Sobol's endnote provides background on the photos and thoughts about the building process, which reinforce Hudson's underlying idea: construction is "dozens of people working together to solve a great puzzle." Pair with Mordecai Gerstein's The Man Who Walked between the Towers
(2003) and Dietrich Neumann's Joe and the Skyscraper
(2000). Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved