Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and illustrated by Gilbert Ford tells the incredible story about George Ferris and the invention of the ferris wheel. The ferris wheel was first introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. With beautiful pictures accompanying this story, the book highlights the struggles, skepticism, and roadblocks George Ferris had to overcome when inventing the ferris wheel. Kids would love this book because of the fun story (and real facts) along with the colorful pictures. This was an especially interesting book for me to read because I did not know the story behind the ferris wheel. This book is important because of its accurate facts and interesting plot line. It was very cool to see all the bumps that George had to overcome to finally get his invention displayed. And luckily he did not give up because the ferris wheel is one of the most liked and famous rides at carnivals and fairs all around the world. This is great for the reader who likes interesting stories about overcoming skepticism and following your dreams. Everyone should give this picturebook a read!
- Teacher’s guide (Louisiana Library)
- Teaching guide from the author
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