- Age Range: 9 - 13 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 8
- Lexile Measure: 1000 (What's this?)
- Series: Wonders of the World Book
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Mikaya Press; Reprint edition (February 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931414084
- ISBN-13: 978-1931414081
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Empire State Building: When New York Reached for the Skies (Wonders of the World Book) Paperback – February 4, 2006
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The Top Five... A detailed story of the construction and profiles of the millionaires and laborers involved. (New York Magazine 2004-03-15)
Young history and architecture buffs may appreciate the detailed information presented. (Publishers Weekly 2004-02-02)
Mann writes clearly and concisely, never sacrificing the drama of the story... Period photos and Witschonke's full-color artwork add much to the text. (Kay Weisman Booklist / RBB 2004-02-01)
Will capture the imagination... An ideal resource for classes working on architectural projects and a top choice for general reading. (Delia Fritz School Library Journal)
A fascinating narrative... an excellent inside look at the birth of this landmark. (Krys Stefansky The Virginian-Pilot 2004-02-24)
Mann writes with clarity about the technical aspects... and with verve about the building's inspiring effect on New Yorkers... Best are the illustrations. (Elizabeth Ward Washington Post 2003-11-23)
The glamour girl of the New York skyline gets the star treatment in this overview of her planning and construction. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
With interesting facts ranging from building inspection and safety issues to the delivery of food and materials to the upper floors, Empire State Building provides readers with plenty of history and even a bit of physics.... Mann draws readers in with her writing style, taking them back to New York City, circa 1930. She not only explains construction techniques and other technical information clearly, but she also gives readers a sense of the thinking process behind the building's design and the problem-solving that went on as the project progressed. Yet it is her focus on the human stories that will most captivate readers. Abundant coloured and black and white archival photographs, maps and paintings provide additional information and enhance the text. There are numbered diagrams showing the sequential steps in various construction techniques as well as a double foldout page showing the month-by-month progress of the construction. A well-written account of a tremendous architectural
feat. Highly Recommended. (Gail Hamilton Canadian Materials 2003-12-12)
About the Author
Elizabeth Mann has written nine Wonders of the World books, an award-winning series. She is former teacher in New York, holds an M.S.E. and is cofounder of Mikaya Press.
Alan Witschonke is the illustrator of four Wonders of the World books: The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, The Great Wall and Hoover Dam.
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Part of the Wonders of the World Books series, this title tells the story of the creation of one of America's most enduring symbols: the Empire State Building. From the demolition of the Waldorf-Astoria in 1929 to the completion of the Empire State Building that took its place in 1931, the book clearly chronicles the events in the creation of the world's tallest building at the time. Large, color illustrations as well as historical black and white photographs add another dimension to the text. An excellent large-format book could have been made even better by adding interesting details in sidebars along the way. A winner!
"Empire State Building" is the book from the carton--and what a great topic. Equal in feat and imagination to anything the ancient world built, this modern Wonder of the World is awesome. Alfred E. Smith, presidential aspirant to the office, and John J. Raskob, a private businessman, pooled sources to build the tallest skyscraper in existence.
Filled with all kinds of tidbits of information, this book relates the history of the building of the Empire State Building from inception through completion. After manufacturing made so many men rich, they tried to outdo each other in building the tallest skyscraper. The final competition came down to Walter Chrysler and Smith/Raskob. Who won, why, and how makes a clever little story.
What made possible the building of these really tall skyscrapers was steel. The walls of the first multi-storied buildings were weight-bearing and had to be built thicker and thicker at the base. The substitution of steel as the framework made skyscrapers possible. Another tidbit is the work supplied by the Mohawk Indians from New York and Canada. It became a new tribal position: that of future riveter.
There were 3500 workers on site every day doing sixty kinds of jobs. Only six people died during construction which began in late 1929. There are a total of 86 floors at 1050 feet. Windows number at 6,500 in the whole building; elevators number 64.
Only the Sears Tower in Chicago is taller than the Empire State Building.