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The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George FThe World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted something really special, something on the scale of the Eiffel Tower, which had been constructed for France's fair three years earlier. At last, engineer George Ferris had an idea—a crazy, unrealistic, gigantic idea. He would construct a twenty-six-story tall observation wheel.The planners didn't think it could be done. They called it a "monstrosity." It wouldn't be safe. But George fought for his design. Finally, in December 1892, with only four months to go until the fair, George was given permission to build his wheel. He had to fight the tight schedule, bad weather, and general disapproval. Against all odds, the Ferris Wheel turned out to be the talk of the Fair, and proof that dreaming big dreams could pay off. Today, George's Ferris Wheel is an icon of adventure and amusement throughout the world....

Title : The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris
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ISBN : 9781627790727
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 42 Pages
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The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris Reviews

  • Kelsey Gourd
    2019-03-15 10:36

    Right when you start to get a little bored, BAM! A tornado!

  • Amy Brown
    2019-03-12 18:48

    Very educational. I highly recommend this one.

  • Katy-Margaret Doss
    2019-02-23 13:52

    This is a review for The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris by Betsy Harvey Kraft. This book is about inventor and engineer George Ferris and his contribution to the world's fair in Chicago in 1893. This book details Ferris' plans to build the giant wheel that attendees of the fair could ride on to have a great view of the whole fair grounds. It also tells of challenges that Ferris faced including his designed being rejected a number of times, having a limited amount of time to construct the wheel, and a large tornado tearing through the fairgrounds in the summer of 1893. I loved this book. I learned a lot about George Ferris and his wheel. I loved that there was a lot of information but that it was presented in a way that kids would be able to read it easily. I also loved the illustrations. They were beautiful and kids would really enjoy them. I would use this book to work on identifying colors, asking and answering "wh" questions, and reading comprehension.

  • Ro
    2019-02-23 10:40

    This literary nonfiction account of George Ferris and the enormous undertaking of the Ferris Wheel created for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 will keep readers engaged as it includes many of the difficulties Ferris had to overcome in order to convince others that his creation would not only work, but also be safe for approximately 2,000 riders. When as readers we are cheering Ferris on for his successful invention we are faced with yet another bump on the road, a natural disaster, a tornado that created chaos and destruction on the grounds of the World's Fair, would the Ferris Wheel survive? I enjoyed how the author found a rhythm that offered me a bit of tension as I read.

  • Taylor Maiese
    2019-02-25 15:44

    This book was very interesting. I had never really thought of how the Ferris Wheel was invented it was always there at fairs, amusement parks and I never thought of the person who invented it or why it was invented. I loved getting the information about something that I never gave a second thought to since it has always been there. I liked learning that George Ferris came up with this idea for the World's fair in Chicago to out shine the Eiffel tower. It was amazing to learn about a favorite ride of mine and how it all came together.

  • Lauren Heiderman
    2019-03-02 14:49

    The Fantastic Ferris Wheel is a nonfiction biography picture book about the inventor George Ferris and his journey that led to the creation of the Ferris wheel. The book is set in Chicago 1893, during the World Fair. The planners of the fair wanted to build a huge attraction, so George Ferris came up with the idea of the Ferris wheel. This book is full of color and illustrations that guide readers through the journey George Ferris experienced to become the inventor of the famous Ferris wheel.

  • Nicolina Circella
    2019-03-17 15:47

    This book does an excellent job in giving readers an inside look at the creation of the ferris wheel. Kraft highlights the hardships and successes George Ferris experienced. This book is a good resource to teach and educate children. George Ferris persevered to achieve his dream. The educational side of this book is very well executed and makes an easy read for students. It was a work of informational writing that provided a heart-warming and enjoying story.

  • Hannah Feeney
    2019-03-21 12:43

    Awesome story about George Ferris's creation of Ferris Wheel, and his successes and failures throughout. The illustrations in this book are incredible, detailed, and will truly keep readers engaged. Children see Ferris Wheels in so many of their favorite places, and will be interested in how it came about, and how it work.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-06 15:44

    Great story about George Ferris and his invention of the Ferris wheel. Good background on the Columbia Exposition of 1893 as backdrop for the invention. I hadn't heard the story of the high winds at the Fair damaging some exhibits, and it was dramatic to hear how the first Ferris wheel survived those winds.

  • Beth
    2019-03-14 10:55

    I enjoyed this picture books about the creation of the Ferris Wheel, but I thought there could have been more information about the actual engineering of the structure. I also felt the pictures seemed rushed.

  • Jorden Lilly
    2019-03-13 18:27

    This story was informative while having an easy read. It had a lot of good information about George Farris that children can use but did not get boring or tedious. I would definitely recommend this book in a classroom.

  • Chelsea Ferrin
    2019-02-23 16:41

    Informational Book. This would be a great addition. I loved the images and comparisons of sizes. There were so many fun facts and great images.

  • Heather Jo
    2019-03-15 16:50

    megan summer reading 2017, children's book, picture book, nonfiction, non-fiction, history, technology, engineering, ferris wheel, world's fair, Chicago, second grade, third grade, fourth grade,

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-24 14:50

    Great, easy to read book! I never would've imagined the first Ferris wheel was 26 stories high!

  • Brindi Michele
    2019-03-12 16:45

    this was great and very educational. definite title for reader's advisory when the kids are doing their biography reports. and I don't think I knew that about the Eiffel Tower...

  • Abby Rowe
    2019-02-24 10:36

    I believe this book gives kids an inside look of how the ferries wheel came to be and the struggles to overcome in the process. Awesome if you want to show engineering, creativity and perseverance!

  • Lisa
    2019-03-13 15:53

    Very good biography, but more impressive are the illustrations. They were phenomenal.

  • Karla
    2019-02-28 13:48

    Plot Summary and Personal Response: During the early days when inventions were becoming really huge. People wanted to show off what they were creating. So, they would have fairs every year to display their work. Architects, musicians, artists, inventors and tourists from all over the world would show up to these fairs. One year a man by the name of George Ferris wanted to invent the Ferris wheel for the tourists to ride on. Sadly, no one wanted to support his idea because they did not find it safe or they thought the idea was crazy. However, in 1893 his idea of the Ferris wheel came to life and to this day his idea is still used in carnivals and fairs today. I loved this story so much. When I was reading it, it made me want to be part of that time period so that I can partake in new inventions that changed the world. It also made me excited to learn history. Literary Merit: One element of this story is the pictures. The pictures are beautiful, detailed, and very colorful. I enjoyed the rustic feel to all of the metals and inventions had in the story. It almost made me want to be in that time period so I can be part of when all of the inventions were coming out and getting big. This was a time where everything was becoming new and it was so impressive. Another thing I liked was the way the story was presented. It was very educational, and it had so many facts about the Ferris wheel. For example, “The wheel would rise 264 feet into the air, the height of a twenty-six story building.” It also informed famous people who rode the wheel and one of them was Helen Keller. Genre Consideration: This book was a biography. It is about a man named George Ferris. It was mostly about the time he was creating the Ferris wheel and how he was determined to make it come to life. The author clearly did a lot of research about the Ferris wheel. At the end of the story it gave more information about George Ferris. Another feature that was in this book was other resources that you can find information about George’s Ferris wheel. Throughout the story it gives different facts about the Eiffel Tower, and how tall the Ferris wheel was going to be, how much it weighted, how many people can fit in the Ferris wheel and many more facts. Reader Response/Classroom Connections: I think students will respond greatly to this book because of the colors and the pictures. This is a great book that students can read to learn about Ferris wheels or perhaps inventions that came out during a time period. I think students will respond positively towards this book because it teaches history in a fun way. This book can teach students how to work hard and never give up on any ideas and visions they have. Another thing that this book can teach is history and what inventions were being made in a certain time period. This book can be used to introduce engineering to students. Awards: N/A

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 18:43

    This is a case of finding the right audience for a book. For me, knowing more about the engineer would have been the drawing card to attract me to this title, but for others, more interested in engineering and inventions, the details about George Ferris's amazing wheel that reached up 26 stories in height are what makes the book appealing. The text seemed to meander a bit and contain quite a lot of information, which could attract some readers while repelling others. The inclusion of the incident in which the wheel survived unscathed those fierce winds that assailed Chicago during the World's Fair was a good choice, but in some respects it seemed rather tacked on and didn't fit with the rest of the story as smoothly as might be desired. The crayon, ink, gouache, and pastel pay tribute to the amazing feat of engineering this Ferris wheel actually was, but the depictions of the fair's attendees just didn't work well for me. Although I am happy to add this one to my book collection, I prefer a different version of this story--Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis because of its focus and artwork. Still, it's fun and informative to compare the two books.

  • Maribeth Carreon
    2019-03-20 10:45

    This particular book caught my interest because my whole life I have been scared of riding Ferris wheels. I thought it would be a good reading experience to learn about who created them and how it first began. The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris by Betsy Harvey Kraft was amazingly put together and illustrated. The setting takes place in Chicago of 1892-1893 at a grand fair known as Colombian Exposition of 1983. The creator of the first known ferris wheel in the story was George Ferris. His inspiration came from hanging around the farm ground by a waterwheel. He wondered there were other ways to make a wheel like that one. George Ferris's story about his creation of the Ferris Wheel lies in the biography genre because it was written and illustrated by Betsy Harvey Kraft and Steven Salerno. This type of story was very much historical because it talked about George's experience and Ferris wheel history during a climax in time. His inspiration from the waterwheel encouraged him to study engineering which got him to his success.

  • Martha
    2019-02-24 15:29

    An informative narrative non-fiction story about tenacious George Ferris and his invention of the ferris wheel. The background of the story sets the tone or adventure, with the challenge of Daniel Burnham to create a monument as outstanding as the Eiffel Tower designed for the previous World's Fair in France. Inspired by Burnham's command, "Think no little thoughts,"...."Make big plans," resulted in George Ferris' creation of the first ferris wheel for the Columbian Exposition of 1893. The bold clear illustrations with dynamic perspectives add to the excitement of Ferris' challenge. At the end of the book there s a "More about George Ferris" account including all the true fact, and a bibliography. This is an excellent achievement story about a resilient engineer who would not give up.

  • Betsy
    2019-02-27 13:53

    3.5 starsIllustrations in this are delightful and add much to the sometimes long-winded text. The book is a great addition to a list of "books on inventions" or even "about inventors," but there is not much info on the inventor's life (save from some speculation about his early childhood's interests). This is probably best as an independent read due to the length of the text and not as a classroom read aloud. A fun title, though, and makes me look at Ferris Wheels in a new light! (note that the first one stayed standing/unharmed during a tornado!).Author's note and short source list included.

  • Linda
    2019-03-20 15:41

    I loved reading all the details of how engineer and inventor George Ferris persuaded the 1893 World’s Fair Committee that he could build this amazing thing that no one had ever built. And he would make it the tallest, and he would make it safe. Just imagine, for those who had not climbed a mountain, there was no way to get a view from very high except from a building. At that time there weren’t many what we now call skyscrapers. Many, many people and parts were gathered to get this accomplished. Great story, told well in the text and in the gorgeous illustrations filled with views of the fair, the look of the buildings and the people, and of course, many pictures of the wheel.

  • Eva Kelly
    2019-03-15 11:46

    This one had a LOT of words like all fact books do, but if you can get someone to read it TO you, it's a real good one. Because it has lots of facts about FERRIS WHEELS, and who knew they were named after some guy named Ferris? I didn't.So now we need to go RIDE one of these things, and I bet there's one in Boston. I bet there's a BUNCH in Boston.You know what, though? I bet it doesn't go as high as the gondola [at Mount Mansfield].I wonder if that was named after a guy named Gondola?

  • Rachel
    2019-02-23 14:45

    This is an interesting exploration into how the Ferris Wheel came into existence, though the subtitle suggests it's a biography on George Ferris, the inventor. Rather, it provides very cool information on how George Ferris came to create the Ferris wheel for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which many upper elementary school students are sure to find fascinating. A brief biographical note on Ferris is included along with sources. Highly recommended.

  • Dian Burns
    2019-02-20 16:25

    Very interesting story, I mean come you know how the Ferris Wheel was invented? I didn't! The really exciting part to imagine was the people attending the Worlds Fair the day of the Tornado being stuck on the ride they had waited probably hours to get on, then thinking it was their doom because they were inside the observations cars when the tornado touched ground. Must have been truly terrifying!!

  • Nick
    2019-02-21 16:50

    This is a biography more of a machine than the inventor and builder, but it is fascinating. The only weakness in the book is that it gives so little actual information about George Ferris himself. Still, the story of his great Wheel for the Chicago Columbian Exhibition of 1893 was very much worth reading.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-08 10:52

    This was alright. It was long, and didn't say much about the inventor's life. It also had some speculative information that wasn't necessary, like that some famous may have ridden the wheel during the world's fair. Why say so if it can't be substantiated? If this was a little more fun, and not as long, it might have been less tedious.

  • Lindsey
    2019-02-26 18:27

    It is really hard for me to get excited about a Ferris Wheel. Plus, it feels a bit too long. It probably would have been more interesting if it had been about George Ferris and less about this invention.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-14 10:43

    Ok I'm a sucker for all things Chicago, but this book truly is awesome. Encapsulating a huge moment in Chicago -the unveiling of the mighty Ferris Wheel at the Columbian Exposition of 1983- while also showing kids that dreams can be achieved... love!