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The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book) Hardcover – October 6, 2001

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Gr 4-10-The cover proclaims this a "story of hard times, tough people and the taming of a wild river." And that's exactly what it is-as well as an epic tale of adventure and danger. In bringing to life the history of this remarkable feat of modern engineering, Mann notes that at times from March 11, 1931, to February 29, 1936, more than 5000 men worked on the dam, often risking and sometimes losing their lives. Readers meet people like Frank Crowe, the obsessive superintendent of construction, who was far more interested in finishing the job quickly than in the health and safety of his workers. Insets give brief first-person accounts by workers and their families. Witschonke's illustrations are evocative of the period and add to the drama while archival photographs record activities and life in the nearby evolving communities of "Ragtown" and Boulder City. A labeled double gatefold shows the dam site in 1934, at the height of activity. There is definitely enough here to write a research paper, and plenty to keep readers interested while they're doing it. A wonderfully readable, well-organized book filled with fascinating detail.

Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

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Detailed paintings reveal the innovative techniques required to build across the Colorado river, while spirited narration and firsthand accounts capture the hardships and triumphs of this massive project. (Steven Engelfried School Library Journal)

An epic tale of adventure and danger ... A wonderfully readable, well-organized book filled with fascinating detail. (Mara Alpert School Library Journal 2001-12-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: Wonders of the World Book
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Mikaya Press; First Edition edition (October 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931414025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931414029
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
While the information in the book was extremely accurate, it seemed a bit long for this style of a picture book.
As an introduction to our Hoover Dam unit, I opted to focus, instead, on the absolutely stunning illustrations and allow my students to write their own words.
Later in the unit, I made the book available to my students and many found it to be a wonderful reference tool. It was quite complimentary to McBride's: Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression yet a lot more appropriate for fourth graders.
While Mann's book can be a great classroom reference for a Hoover Dam unit, it is not recommended as a read-aloud.
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Bought this for friends who just came back from seeing the Hoover Dam but didn't purchase, regrettably, a souviner book on the Dam. This purchase pleased them. It not only had a good historical view with plenty of interesting facts, it had lovely, lovely artistic renderings plus clear and informative photos. Would definitely order others of this series.
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(A person walking downs a construction tunnel dressed in scrappy, grimy clothes, walks past two workers; one stooping down and drinking cool water, who glanced warily upward; the other was coughing uproariously: both workers in the dam, both in the Great Depression. The man continues to walk past till he stops and looks up at you with his rugged, exhausted face and uttered, "Do you know the story?")

Timeline
Planning and preparation (1922-1931) Construction (1931-1936)
The Great Depression (1929-1936)

The Hoover Dam was moored and built in Black canyon, at the southern tip of Nevada (another canyon was optioned and is known as Boulder canyon, but the mineral stone that held it together would have been weak under the strain of the dam's weight, so it was decided against it). Before the plans to build a dam of such magnitude were ever conceptualized, the notion to gain control of the wild and unpredictable Colorado river was in the minds of many people, but especially in the minds of certain businessmen who had their eyes on the river and on a stretch of organically rich yet mostly arid land known as Paradise Valley. This time period was between the late 1800Th and the beginning years of the 1900th. These men saw this as sellable farm land, but there was the Colorado they had to contend with. The river had a tendency to be of near-drought water levels to flooding levels with little warning whatsoever. So to remedy the situation, they built earthen mounds to redirect and irrigate the land, which worked well, for a time, which they probably knew would not hold. Even so, the land became lush, and they able sell the land to farmers and make a handsome profit.
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Building the Hoover Dam was hard, dangerous work and many people died constructing it. However, times were so tought, there was no shortage of people willing to work on it. Excellent photos and illustrations and interesting quotes from people who helped build the dam. There is a four-page fold-out diagram that shows how the dam was built. There are dam facts, a list of those who died, and an index at the end of the book. Karen Woodworth Roman, Children's Science Book Review
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This book is an award winning non-fiction book written for young readers, but perfect for adults who want to learn a little about the Hoover Dam. Sometimes, information presented simply, and with pictures, just gives the basic background about a topic that is needed. We had just visited the Hoover Dam and it was fascinating. My husband had a few other questions, so I ordered this book. It is great, because it has some primary source pictures, some colored drawings, and the writing is basic, but gives a lot of details.
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