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The Fantastic Ferris Wheel -written by Betsy Harvey Kraft & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015.
"The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it... the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress... An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers." -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
The true story of American engineer George Washington Ferris, who designed and built the very first giant observation wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was nicknamed the "Ferris Wheel" by the mesmerized public.
above: a cropped view of the cover for The Fantastic Ferris Wheel.
left: the public gathers to watch construction of the strange invention of engineer George Ferris in 1893.
above: workers atop the in-progress construction of the gigantic "Ferris Wheel" -with the fairground buildings of the 1893 World's Fair named "White City" seen far below.
above: preliminary SKETCH: the opening scene of the story depicting young George Ferris pondering machines and the mechanics of wheels, and of his future as an engineer.
above: the crowds entering the fair grounds on opening day of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
above: cropped view of a page from the printed book... one of the construction workers of 1893.
above: American engineer George Washington Ferris seen at his worktable.