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Fantastic Feats and Failures (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12) Hardcover – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553376331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553376330
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 4-8. From the editors of the Canadian magazine YES Mag: Canada's Science Magazine for Kids, this large-format book spotlights 20 notable highs and lows in engineering. The "feats" celebrated include the Sydney Opera House, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Canadarm (a huge, Canadian-built robotic arm used for repairs in space). Among the "failures" are the space shuttle Challenger, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Hubble Space Telescope fall into both categories. Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as the elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn't much about engineering in kids' books; this is a lively introduction. Carolyn Phelan
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Well organized and engagingly written, the one- to four-page chapters present good overall views of these endeavors as well as amusing and intriguing details of their design and construction. Excellent photos, most in color, illustrate the places and events discussed, while colorful drawings visually represent concepts such as elevations of water and locks along the Panama Canal. There isn’t much about engineering in kids’ books; this is a lively introduction. (Booklist)

Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor. (Kirkus Reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on August 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book would be boring because I am not generally interested in archetecture, but it wasn't. I found myself being absorbed and actually learning about a topic that I didn't know much about. I highly recommend this book and will share it with my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 21, 2010
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Highly enjoyed the book, and think it is a shame it is out of print and only available on a used book basis. I am using this book in the capacity of an English teacher to show kids the purposes of sidebars, etc., in writing. The book is published in Canada and does seem to have a small anti-USA bias, and I am also using it as a sample of objectivity vs subjectivity.
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By M. Heiss on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book belongs on your bookshelf. It is interesting to read the science and history behind technological innovations -- and it places these landmarks within their historical context. Written for grade school students, the photographs, illustrations, and projects make this book an excellent resource for anyone.

This book is a keeper.
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Format: Paperback
A marvelous nonfiction book about amazing engineering achievements -- and failures. It includes design features of bridges, buildings, space ships, and more. Includes photos, drawings, and projects to try at home. A great book for budding engineers of all ages! Highly recommended.
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