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Meet Me in St. Louis: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair [Kindle Edition]

Robert Jackson
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Book Description

You are holding a ticket to one of the largest and most magnificent celebrations of all time -- the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair!

For seven months nearly twenty million visitors from around the globe flooded the fairgrounds of Forest Park. Many explored the twelve mammoth palaces (made of plaster and horsehair!), which showcased amazing exhibits. Others enjoyed watching the first Olympic Games in the United States, keeping cool all summer with a new treat that became an instant hit -- the ice-cream cone. And everyone loved viewing all 1275 acres of fairgrounds from atop the 265-foot Ferris wheel.

Robert Jackson describes the planning, building, events, and memory of a fair that enthralled millions with its magic. In fascinating detail, he captures the energy and imagination of turn-of-the-century America, when fairgoers begged friends and family to meet them in St. Louis.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-In 1904, St. Louis hosted a fair to commemorate the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. In the tradition of Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, it was a grand affair that promoted the advances of humankind. The event's positive influences included the introduction (actual or legendary) of such delights as cotton candy, ice-cream cones, hot dogs, and Dr. Pepper. However, Jackson makes clear that the fair perpetuated negative messages by allowing incidents of racism and exploiting rather than celebrating several ethnic groups that were forced to appear in "anthropological" exhibits. The book begins with a ride on the Ferris wheel on opening day. After an explanation of how this proud city attracted an international audience, the author provides a tour of the themed palaces (e.g., fine arts, transportation, machinery) and the innovations they contained, the international exhibits, and the midway attractions. The exposition also hosted the young modern Olympics, and the modest games are briefly described. While the fair captured the imagination of many and inspired sentimentality manifested in tons of souvenirs and a Judy Garland movie, its hold over kids in the current century is limited. However, where an interest exists, this balanced title and its many black-and-white photographs of the exposition's marvels will suffice.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. In 1904 nearly 20 million people attended the St. Louis World's Fair. Some went to marvel at modern technology and to visit elaborate exhibits of history and culture. Others were drawn by the rides, entertainment, and special events, including the Olympic Games or novelties such as hot dogs, Dr. Pepper, and ice cream cones. Thomas Edison helped set up the lights. Geronimo sold autographs. Scott Joplin performed despite being denied the best venue. And the enthusiastic President Theodore Roosevelt went twice. The chronological arrangement gives the book a narrative framework, though Jackson frequently stops to explain interesting historical sidelights and controversies, such as the unfair treatment of African Americans and the exploitation of native peoples from North America, South America, and Africa. Besides learning a great deal about the exposition, readers will gradually gain a fuller understanding of America 100 years ago. Though they are interesting, the black-and-white photos can't quite capture the excitement of this otherwise well-designed, lively introduction to the fair. Source notes, a bibliography, a calendar of events, a list of world's fairs and expositions, and recommended fiction and nonfiction reading are appended. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SE7N3C
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and adults May 9, 2004
Format:Library Binding
I orginally purchased this book for my 8 year-old niece who is becoming interested in American history. After flipping through the book and being drawn in by the illustrations and their witty captions, I sat down and read the whole thing myself. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned quite a bit about St. Louis to boot, including surprises such as the fact that the first Olympic Games to be held in America were at the St. Louis World's Fair. The author does an excellent job of not only bringing the fair to life, but puts it in the proper context of St. Louis and America. Indeed, one can almost smell the ice cream cones and hot dogs, two of the foods said to have been invented there. Nor does he ignore some of the less savory aspects of the Fair, such as the forced confinement of Filipinos in their semi-permanent exhibit under miserable conditions. All told, this was a wonderful book, which my niece very much enjoyed as well, after I finally coughed it up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief, focused look at the fair April 4, 2004
By Do Will
Format:Library Binding
This book presents a good overview of how the fair came to St.Louis, the preparations for it, major ingredientes and what happened after that.
This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a feel of the fair and the world at that time. The book starts with how the world was at that time and how the preparations for the fair took place and ends with a narration of what happened to the buildings (and the Ferris wheel) after the fair. It was interesting to read that the fair itself was forgotten until the 1944 film, "Meet Me in St.Louis".
This answered a lot of questions that I had about the fair. If you are looking for a detailed view of the fair, I would recommend "Inside The World's Fair of 1904 - Volume 1 and 2" by Elana V. Fox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair February 19, 2009
I am writting a novel set during this time period. One of the scenes takes place at the 1904 World's Fair. Meet Me in St. Louis gave me the background information that I needed. This book covers all aspects of the fair in a delightful and entertaining format. Anyone with the slightest interest in history will enjoy the descriptions of each of the attractions and will appreciate the effort required to host this great event. The St. Louis Fair brought together the optimism and the excitement that occured at a unique time in our history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading January 7, 2013
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This book has a lot of history about the fair and St.Louis in general. If you grew up in St. Louis you would really enjoy reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1904 Worlds fair December 11, 2012
By Boots
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Interesting read if you have an interest in the 1904 worlds fair. It is a stand alone book with nothing more than the text of the worlds fair. I would recommend if you have an interest in this fair or a St. Louis background.
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