Pop's Bridge

Hardcover | April 6, 2006

byEve BuntingIllustratorC.f. Payne

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The Golden Gate Bridge. The impossible bridge, some call it. They say it can't be built.But Robert's father is building it. He's a skywalker - a brave, high-climbing ironworker. Robert is convinced his pop has the most important job on the crew . . . until a frightening event makes him see that it takes an entire team to accomplish the impossible.When it was completed in 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was hailed as an international marvel. Eve Bunting's riveting story salutes the ingenuity and courage of every person who helped raise this majestic American icon. Includes an author's note about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Golden Gate Bridge. The impossible bridge, some call it. They say it can't be built.But Robert's father is building it. He's a skywalker - a brave, high-climbing ironworker. Robert is convinced his pop has the most important job on the crew . . . until a frightening event makes him see that it takes an entire team to accomplish th...

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall , Fly Away Home , and Train to Somewhere . She lives in Southern California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.76 × 9.3 × 0.42 inPublished:April 6, 2006Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152047735

ISBN - 13:9780152047733

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Bunting takes us back to the 1930s and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. To Robert, our young narrator, it is his father's bridge, for he is one of the thousand workers, a "high-iron man," or "skywalker." Robert's friend Charlie Shu's father is a painter, a job Robert feels is not as important. The two friends watch as the "impossible bridge," as it was called, is being completed. One day, in an accident, Charlie's father is nearly lost, and Robert realizes how dangerous the jobs of both fathers are. Everyone celebrates the completion of the bridge. The boys have been working on a jigsaw puzzle picture of it, but one piece remains missing. Robert has saved it. He cuts it in half, so the two fathers can finish the puzzle together symbolically, as they have the bridge. Payne's naturalistic mixed-media illustrations work with the text to humanize the great engineering feat by focusing on the two families. There is a suggestion of Norman Rockwell realism, but it is less photographic, with the faces and features emphasized. As the hands of both fathers place the last piece in the puzzle, the scene is symbolic of the many workers on the bridge and the cross-cultural friendship of the families. A lengthy note fills in detailed background information about the famous bridge. 2006, Harcourt, Ages 5 to 8.