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In 1933, an ambitious project was underway in the middle of the desert on the Arizona-Nevada border. Dozens of men dangled from long ropes along the tall canyon walls hundreds of feet above the Colorado River. The workers used jackhammers to drill holes into the rock, and then placed dynamite into each hole. Boom! Boom! Boom! This dangerous—and sometimes deadly—work was just the beginning of the construction of the Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam traces the incredible story of the colossal structure, from its construction to its important modern-day use—including preventing floods and providing electricity to millions of people. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the captivating story, which is sure to excite even the most reluctant readers.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2017
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series American Places: From Vision to Reality
Language English
ISBN 9781944102456, 9781944997137
Title Format Reinforced book, Unlimited Access eBook
Dewey 627'.820979313
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Guided Reading Level P
Lexile Reading Level 960
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 6.5
AR Quiz Number 184456
Author Meish Goldish

School Library Connection Review for American Places: From Vision to Reality

This series features accessible volumes about great American places. Struggling readers will not be overwhelmed with lengthy text, as there is approximately one paragraph on each page. The text is supplemented with images, drawings, and clear diagrams. For those who are mathematically inclined, each book also includes a two-page “By the Numbers” spread. Words found in the glossary appear in bold type the first time they are used in the text. Additional Resources. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Websites.

School Library Journal Review for American Places: From Vision to Reality

Using eye-catching graphics, this series illuminates the fascinating histories of a few iconic U.S. sites. For instance, readers discover that in its infancy, the Statue of Liberty was so little regarded by the U.S. government that Congress refused to pay for the statue’s pedestal, thereby inspiring a nationwide fund-raising campaign among school children. Many images depict the early stages of planning and building, giving a rare insider’s look at how these famous places came to be. This mix of history and architecture with just a dash of archaeology allows students to encounter each subject from a variety of angles (e.g., how did archaeologists contribute to the rebuilding of Colonial Williamsburg, what are the architectural similarities between James Hoban’s design for the White House and the Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland?). VERDICT: A multifaceted look at some of the top historical destination spots in the United States. Recommended.

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