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The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

 
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Gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Additional features include a table of contents, a Fast Facts spread, critical-thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Table of Contents

  • Fast Facts and Timeline
  • Uniting a Nation
  • Theodore Judah’s Vision
  • Plans Develop, Problems Begin
  • Challenges
  • Success!
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • Source Notes
  • To Learn More
  • Index

Details

Specifications

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Guided Reading Level: Pending
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

BISAC Subjects

Reviews

A Review of "Engineering that Made America" in Booklist

Kids handed the Engineering That Made America series will be immediately drawn to its subject matter. In part, that’s because each title begins not with a feat of engineering but with a person. Golden Gate Bridge begins with one man, Michael O’ Shaughnessy, turning his impatience to get from Marin County to San Francisco into a structure that would alter the landscape of San Francisco as well as the lives of its citizens. Transcontinental Railroad follows several men who pursued the dream of building a railroad that would connect the eastern and western parts of the U.S., noting how the project relied on the labor of thousands of Chinese immigrants and displaced many Native Americans. Airplane introduces Orville and Wilbur Wright as children before delving into their failures and successes while figuring out the precise mechanics of human flight. Cotton Gin not only explains how Eli Whitney got the idea for the cotton gin but the hoops he had to jump through to get a patent; it also touches on what the cotton gin meant to enslaved people as well as their masters. The books are compact, easy to read, and feature engaging photographs and graphics. Although the engineering feats are simply discussed, the books clearly convey their scope and importance. A fresh slant on oft-written-about history.

Contributors

Author: Peggy Caravantes

After a career in education, Peggy Caravantes fulfilled a lifetime dream to write. She is the author of numerous children's history books and middle grade/young adult biographies. Caravantes holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of educational administration degree. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

 

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