The Fantastic Ferris Wheel By Betsy Harvey Kraft; Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
Heeding the call to “make big plans” for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, George Ferris designed—and built—the giant observation wheel that now bears his name.
Kraft’s clear narrative sets the stage for the Columbian Exposition. Following on the 19th century’s spectacular achievements in architecture and engineering, a sense of competition prevailed: the fair’s organizers stood in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, erected for France’s 1889 World’s Fair. Finally, in December 1892—just 4 1/2 months before the opening—the committee gave Ferris the nod. Withstanding a tornado in Chicago, Ferris’ wheel served again at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair before its eventual scrapping. Kraft credits Ferris’ enduring feat; a tall gatefold depicts the London Eye.
An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers. (biographical note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-9) Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-62779-072-7