After the Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris World’s Fair in 1889, Americans wanted to show that they were better and stronger for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Though architects sent in drawings for what they felt was “better”, all were rejected because it lacked ingenuity, looking much like the Eiffel Tower. When George Washington Gale Ferris submitted his idea for the World’s Fair ~ a giant wheel that would carry people on it. At first, his idea was rejected, but the judges had NOTHING, so they agreed to let Ferris build his crazy structure. BUT they would not pay for any of it. Using his own money, Ferris built the giant wheel, which was a hit at the Chicago World’s Fair. And now we see them at many amusement parks and fairs.
I love how the book tells the story of the persistence and ingenuity of Mr. Ferris. Not only does it tell the history of the Ferris Wheel, but it gives children hope that they can achieve their dreams if they truly believe in them.
In the book, the author gives little tidbits of interesting facts on the sides of the pages. I love the trivia aspect of it, and students can learn so much more from it.
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