Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr Ferris and His Wheel Capturing an engineer s creative vision and mind for detail this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossibl

  • Title: Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
  • Author: Kathryn Gibbs Davis Gilbert Ford
  • ISBN: 9780547959221
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Capturing an engineer s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel A fun, fact filled text by Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford s dazzling full colCapturing an engineer s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel A fun, fact filled text by Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford s dazzling full color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.

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    • Alex Baugh says:

      A mere ten months before the start of the 1893 World's Fair, the planners were still looking for a star attraction. The French had really outdone themselves at the previous World's Fair by showcasing the Eiffel Tower in 1889, and now something even more spectacular was wanted. A contest was held, but all the entries looked like Eiffel Tower imitations.Enter George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr an engineer who had a dream. Instead of going straight up and being stationary, George's dream was round a [...]

    • Elisabeth says:

      1) Fitch, S. (2012). Night sky wheel ride. Vancouver: Tradewind Books.2) Night Sky Wheel Ride uses poetry to describe the sensation of riding on a Ferris wheel. The author and illustrator combine fanciful words and illustrations to show this joy. The imagery in the poetry contrasts well with the factual information from “Mr. Ferris and His Wheel.” In my unit about inventions and inventors, I would read the fiction book first to spark the excitement of my students and to activate their prior [...]

    • Jenny says:

      I really, really love the illustrations in this text. I love the color scheme and the lovely illustrations. The text explains that as the 1893 Chicago World's Fair approached, people desperately wanted to build something that would outshine the Eiffel Tower which had been the star attraction the year before. A contest was created, but none of the entries were unique. George Ferris had an idea for a giant wheel that would carry passengers, but no one thought it would work. The World Fair judges g [...]

    • Laurie says:

      I borrowed this book from the library because my 4yo is fascinated by Ferris wheels. I was surprised how much I learned from reading it!

    • Hannah Smith says:

      Mr. Ferris and His Wheel is an outstanding informational text that I would use primarily in either third or fourth grade. This complex picture book informs the reader of how the ferris wheel was invented by telling the story of the 1893 Chicago World Fair. The star attraction of the previous World Fair was France's Eiffel Tower, so this time it was America's turn to show up. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. was a young engineer at the time and had a remarkable idea of a huge structure that woul [...]

    • Lauren Paravate says:

      Summary: This book follows George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. and his journey to creating the first Ferris Wheel. At first no one believed that his new invention with the use of steel would be strong enough to hold, but he proved everyone wrong. The Chicago World’s Fair housed his Ferris Wheel and on opening day in 1893 his ride opened the door to many other engineers and dreamers to create their own invention.Evaluation: This book did a great job of telling a true story about the invention of [...]

    • Mary Dobner says:

      This book is the epitome of what an informational text/biography should be. Generally when hearing those two genres, you moan a little, expecting a boring nonfiction book that would take hours to struggle through. Not the case with Mr. Ferris. Kathryn Gibbs Davis took this little known story (the creation of the Ferris wheel) and brought it to life in this book. The illustrations are incredible and grab you from the moment you open the book. She made the story humorous and relatable as well as s [...]

    • Elisabeth Cole says:

      The story of the first Ferris Wheel had a lot of potential but fell short. I wish the author had included more information about George Ferris and his other achievements.

    • Tasha says:

      After the Eiffel Tower stunned World’s Fair visitors in 1889, it was up to Chicago to impress people at their 1893 World’s Fair. So a nationwide contest was announced, but unfortunately many of the designs were just slightly-modified Eiffel Towers, so all of them were rejected. George Ferris was an American engineer who had already designed big bridges, tunnels and roads across the nation. He had an idea for a structure that would not just rival the stature of the Eiffel Tower, but would als [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      This is the inspiring picture book biography of George Ferris and how he came to build a structure that defied gravity and became a staple at fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. How many of us have ridden a Ferris Wheel at some point in our lives? I have to say I was intrigued by her pick and curious to learn how the first one came to be. The World’s Fair was coming to Chicago in 1893, so the search was on for the design that would top the Eiffel Tower, the standout of the last fair. None o [...]

    • Barbara Ann says:

      Who does not love a Ferris wheel? This beautifully illustrated picture book is part history and part biography. It relates a story of dogged determination by a mechanical engineer named George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. When a nationwide contest was held to create a feature centerpiece for the 1893 Chicago's World Fair, Ferris became determined to best the Eiffel Tower that France had built in 1889. George was a steel expert; he knew he could succeed in his plan to build a huge revolving wheel [...]

    • Barbara says:

      A beautifully illustrated book that takes you back to 1893 and the Chicago World's Fair where Mr. Ferris created a true spectacle - the first Ferris Wheel! The Ferris Wheel is so identifiable and to learn its story is fascinating. In short, the Eiffel Tower was built for the World's Fair in Paris in 1889 and for the next one, Chicago, America had to make sure they had something just as spectacular. As a boy, Mr. Ferris had watched water wheels and wished he could shrink himself and hop on for a [...]

    • Caroline says:

      This book was AWESOME!!! I don't even know where to begin. I love everything about the World's Fairs, especially the big ones like London (Crystal Palace), France (Eiffel Tower) and Chicago. The idea is fascinating to me as a member of the 21st century: I am just as fascinated as people were at the time! So very many familiar everyday items were created for or at least debuted at the Fairs. Like the Ferris Wheel. This is a great story about George Washington Gale Ferris Jr's execution of his wil [...]

    • Danielle Rhea says:

      Mr. Ferris and His Wheel is such a great read! It is so neat being able to know the story of how the Ferris wheel was created. What really attracted me to the book was all the illustrations. They were absolutely beautiful, they were so different than a lot of books. I just felt like I was in a dream, and I enjoyed all the soft colors. It was truly beautiful and I know that a lot of children would love the soft paintings. This story is so different than a child would read because it is so random, [...]

    • Michelle Kelley says:

      Fascinating account of how George Washington Gale Ferris Jr set out to build a feature for the 1893 World Fair that would rival that of the Eiffel Tower from the previous fair. The result was the original Ferris Wheel. We learn his inspirations, the design, and challenges while building the moving structure as well as its debut at the fair. Very interesting with attractive illustrations and lots of facts.

    • Amy says:

      This is a very interesting picture book about the man who dreamed up and built the Ferris wheel. Illustrated with beautiful colors that lend to the feeling of floating atop a Ferris wheel. Debuting at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, it made quite an impression. George Ferris' struggle to get the wheel built on a tight schedule is the focus, with fun facts in the sidebars. Good book for science or history class.

    • Kristine Hansen says:

      Ooohe Ferris Wheel at the World's fair is so much more interesting than most of the ones we see today. 40 passengers in one car! That one I would love dearly to ride!Really interesting book about the invention of the Ferris Wheel. Well told, lots of interesting facts that help keep it all in perspective. I would love to read a more detailed account of this.

    • Trixie Fontaine says:

      My sister checked this out for her kids in preparation for their trip to Chicago, so I enjoyed it while visiting. I didn't know all of this stuff! I love the shadowy magical blue and purple images of evening.

    • Kelly Veatch says:

      Very interesting story about the history of the Ferris wheel. Makes me want to go ride one. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Great book to learn about the world's fair in Chicago and the Ferris Wheel.

    • Liza Nahas says:

      Full confession: I didn't think I would like this book or find it interesting. Full confession #2: I was wrong. Who knew I would love reading about a great fear of engineering?!

    • Michele Knott says:

      Fantastic narrative nonfiction with informative captions. Can't wait to use this book!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Wonderful illustrations and lots of in depth info on the Ferris wheel. Great for all ages.

    • Edward Sullivan says:

      Wonderfully told and illustrated story of how George Ferris invented his eponymously named invention and its debut at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.

    • Donalyn says:

      Gorgeous illustrations and a well-researched description of George Ferris's remarkable creation.

    • Michaela VanOeveren says:

      Nonfiction Book: Mr. Ferris and His WheelContent area: Elementary ScienceTwin Text: Hello, Chicago!Crossover to Content: I’d teach this in a science class about engineering and shapes. I remember learning in about third grade via some lego sets about wheels and ramps, what rolls and what slides, and other concepts like drag and friction (on a really basic level). I think that i would begin with the fiction text, then point out how they visited a Ferris Wheel in Chicago, where Ferris Wheels wer [...]

    • Nadine Tewaditep says:

      Mr. Ferris and His Wheel นิทานภาพเด็กที่ทั้งสร้างแรงบันดาลใจและนำเสนอความงดงามของวิทยาศาสตร์เทคโนโลยีค่ะ เรื่องราวของคุณเฟอร์รีส วิศวกรหนุ่ม อายุ ๓๔ ปี กับความฝันอยากสร้างกังหันขนาดใหญ่(ได [...]

    • Lauren Moses says:

      I found this book to be very informative. I never really knew how or why ferris wheels came into invention and this story shared the information wonderfully. In this book readers are introduced to George Ferris an inventor with what others see as an insane idea. The United States was upset that France had the tallest man made structure, the Eiffel Tower and was set on taking back the title. Flyers were put up announcing the competition of structure ideas to build at the next World’s Fair. I wa [...]

    • Taylor Yordt says:

      Reflection/ Twin Text Response #3I think that this book did a really good job giving the child information on Ferris Wheels and the man that created them but I think that the pictures make it easy for the young children to understand. Kathryn Gibbs Davids did an amazing job with Gilbert Ford creating amazing images to show important information. This book had me looking for a fiction book that had to do with the same topic. I found the book Hope Is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera. This book does [...]

    • Nicole Grote says:

      The setting takes place at the 1983 Worlds Fair. The story follows Mr.Ferris, an engineer who created the worlds first ever Ferris wheel after the fair's "directors" needed someone to build a monument that was even better than the Eiffel Tower. Which had been featured at the previous Worlds Trade Fair. Readers see the process that he went though to design, create and build the actual wheel. What's really great about the book is that besides just the narrative, Davis adds little bits of informati [...]

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