The Fantastic Ferris Wheel


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Henry Holt and Co. October 2015
  • Character-Building Curriculum
  • Science Curriculum

In 1893 the Columbia Exposition in Chicago would open wide to all the countries of the world. Electricity would be the star of the show.  Many, many countries were joining together with amazing advancements to showcase. This would be a huge international event.

But, even with all those plans and spectacles, the "World's Columbian Exposition of 1893" planners wanted something more: something truly unique, something truly extraordinary.  "Think no little thoughts. Make Big plans," said Daniel Burnham, one of the fair's creators.

That set the stage for the creative mind of George Ferris.  As a boy, he had watched a water wheel in a stream.  He had seen it go around and around.  Now his mind began to remember, dream, plan and design.

His idea was new.  It was different.  It could be the thrill of a lifetime.  He had imagined the Ferris Wheel.  

George Ferris' wheel was a symbol for all the magnificent, creative, astonishing ideas that were turning into real life changes in the world of 1893.  As the wheel turned so the centruy turned and reached high and wide into spaces never imagined.  

This is the true story of the imagination of one man, how he believed in his idea and how he persevered to create something astonishing.

Who will be the next George Ferris?  How high will her or his dream take us?

978-1627790727  Ages 4-9  42 pages

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