Examining the building process from the ground up, this high-interest title covers the history and construction of the Gateway Arch, one of Missouri's most well-known landmarks.
Part of the Landmarks of America series
Landmarks of America functions as an accessible and highly educational series of introductory travel guides to eight of the most popular landmarks in the United States. Combining history and science to study the making of the structure, each book includes an activity that supports an applied understanding of an engineering or construction concept. Readers seeking adventure or just further information will clamor to explore these precious national treasures for themselves!
Spare text, well-chosen photos and diagrams, and pithy facts bring St. Louis’s signature monument to life in Gateway Arch, part of the “Landmarks of America” series (8 titles). Splashy visuals draw the reader in and provide information right away, starting with a map of Missouri, set against a bright background, followed by a two-page infographic depicting the height and size of the arch, relative to other famous monuments. Dittmer effectively hits historical and building highlights, helping readers gain interesting and relevant information. A simple activity in the back matter guides readers to make their own model arch using basic materials such as string, glue, and cardboard. Young readers may come to this book through classroom use or research, but they will come away with a real appreciation for the Gateway Arch.
–Miriam Aronin, Booklist , 9/13/2019