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How Emily saved the bridge : the story of Emily Warren Roebling and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge / Frieda Wishinsky ; pictures by Natalie Nelson.

Wishinsky, Frieda, (author.). Nelson, Natalie, (illustrator.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J 921 ROE (Text) 33500013068259 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 921 ROE (Text) 33500013068267 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781773061047
  • ISBN: 1773061046
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto ; Groundwood Books, 2019.

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"An accessible, picture-book biography of Emily Warren Roebling. The Brooklyn Bridge, the iconic suspension bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, was completed in 1883. It is thanks to Emily Warren Roebling that the bridge was finished at all. Emily was not an engineer, but she was educated in math and science. She married Washington Roebling, the chief engineer of the famous bridge. When Washington became ill from decompression sickness, Emily stepped in, doing everything from keeping the books, to carrying messages for her husband, to monitoring the construction of the bridge. She was the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when it opened."-- Provided by publisher.
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Issued also in electronic format.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* Emily Warren Roebling once again gets her moment in the sun in this year's second picture-book bio of the bridge builder extraordinaire. Though raised in a world of privilege, even attending Georgetown University (a feat all too uncommon for women), Emily finds that she is still encouraged to learn needlepoint rather than numbers. When a series of calamities befalls the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily is enlisted by her ailing husband, Washington Roebling, to follow through on the bridge's completion. Though underestimated, Emily proves herself up to the challenge—not just of undertaking an engineering feat of monumental proportions but also of standing up to conventions of her time. Wishinsky's quippy dialogue and well-researched storytelling capture the passion and intelligence of the extraordinary Emily, continuing past the bridge's construction to Emily's later years as a law-school graduate and women's-rights activist. Nelson's whimsical cut-paper collages, an interplay of bright blocks of color and black-and-white photography, capture a rapidly growing city in the flux of modernization. Particularly delightful for those with a keen eye for detail: cheekily hidden on each page is the victorious rooster that Emily carried as a sign of victory on her ceremonial crossing of the completed bridge. Back matter offers more resources and a handful of additional facts. Another win for the ladies of STEM. Grades K-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Roebling, Emily Warren, 1843-1903 > Juvenile literature.
Roebling, Emily Warren, 1843-1903.
Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Bridges > New York (State) > New York > Design and construction > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) > History > Juvenile literature.
Bridges > Design and construction.
New York (State) > New York.
New York (State) > New York > Brooklyn Bridge.
Genre: Biography.
Juvenile works.
Creative nonfiction.
Picture books.

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