From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Even though the text is simple, Hunter is able to convey lots of information about skyscrapers. Besides offering a bit of history and identifying a number of these tall buildings, the book includes an overview of how they are constructed. Miller's graphically designed, full-color illustrations with flattened perspectives and boldly colored backgrounds complement the subject. An outline map on the endpapers identifies some of the world's highest buildings. Readers might also enjoy Gail Gibbons's Up Goes the Skyscraper (Four Winds, 1986), which concentrates on the construction of a single building. Chris Oxlade offers more detail for older students in Skyscrapers and Towers (Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 1997). However, Into the Sky provides the facts on this subject while capturing the excitement inherent in creating huge structures that soar above their surroundings.
Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4^-7. This attractive picture book begins with an account of how the first skyscraper, which was only 10 stories high, came to be and ends with discussion of plans for Japan's 196-floor Sky City 1000. Sandwiched between is a scaled-down, age-appropriate explanation of the steps in building a skyscraper and an introduction to the different workers needed to complete the amazing engineering feat. Basic terminology, appearing in bold type, is nicely introduced in context, and analogies ("The frame holds the building up, just like your skeleton holds you up") help youngsters visualize the concepts. Miller achieves a high-tech look with his graphic-style illustrations, which set broad, flat shapes of high-contrast colors against a backdrop of deep blue sky. The location of some of the world's tallest buildings is also noted, making a classroom activity with maps or a globe a natural tie-in. Lauren Peterson
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