I found this an interesting book to read, filled with great illustrations, about daring and persistence and faith in his design. George Ferris tried time and again to get funding for his invention, and finally got it. His observation wheel went up in Chicago for the World's Fair. So many skeptics until acceptance came.
I can just imagine the wonder, the excitement and the fear that such a large invention would have rendered. The first of it's kind.
People have copied his design since that day. It's exciting to see all the different ones that have gone up throughout the world. It's unfortunate how Ferris' wheel ended up but his invention lives on in Ferris wheels everywhere.
Illustrator Seven Salerno did the Ferris wheel justice in his rendition of it.
Published by Henry Holt and Co. it is 9.45 x 11.24 · 42 pages and geared for ages 5-9 years.
Can she get a rabbit or a goose or ?????
I have to admit I was disappointed at what the coyote ended up catching. As I read the book I was fascinated learning about the coyote, the lyrical sentences drew me in and caused me to want to know more about them, and then to basically have the coyote be called a chicken thief at the end.
I grew up on a farm. And coyotes don't exactly have a good rap growing up, and I guess I just expected more from this book. It's good to have that realism and I appreciated the end note by the author pointing out how very adaptable coyotes are to living in all sorts of environments. Coyotes will make do wherever they find themselves.
I just wanted more.
It's a wonderfully illustrated book, the coyotes are portrayed realistically. I don't want to leave you with the impression that I disliked this book because I liked it. I just hoped for a different prey to be caught at the end. Momma coyote took care of her family and this is what the book was about, could she find prey, could she use all her skills, knowing that she'd miss at least once, maybe twice until finally she achieved her goal.. food for herself and her younglings.
Good job momma coyote, excellent job in illustrating by Bagram Ibatoulline, pleasant and informative lyrical verse by Maria Gianferrari. This book would be an excellent introduction to the study of Coyotes as it shows them in fine detail and in their environment, living their lives.
Published by Roaring Brook Press, it is 10.89 x 10.24 and runs 32 pages, geared for children ages 4-8 years.
These books were generously sent to me by Raincoast Books.