Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip To The Top

byMonica KullingIllustratorDavid Parkins

April 8, 2014|
Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip To The Top by Monica Kulling
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 In 1818, seven-year-old Elisha was fascinated by farm machinery. As a young man, he tried a variety of ways to make a living, but nothing fired his imagination more than the job he found in a bed-frame factory. Soon he invented a machine that made frames four times faster than ever before. In 1852, while overseeing the construction of a new factory, he had to find a way to move heavy machinery to the second floor. He didn''t trust the hoisting platform, so he invented a safety brake. It was so successful that rather than lift machine parts, Elisha decided to build "people-hoisting machines." In 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first successful passenger elevator in a five-storey department store in New York City. Before Elisha''s invention, buildings were never higher than six stories. At last it was possible to build skyscrapers!

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, MONICA KULLING is a poet who has published many books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography to children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart...
Title:Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip To The Top
Product dimensions:32 pages, 10.05 X 8.13 X 0.18 in
Shipping dimensions:32 pages, 10.05 X 8.13 X 0.18 in
Published:April 8, 2014
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770495166

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