The Hoover Dam
10" x 10"
48 pages, Color
The story of hard times, tough people and the taming of a wild river.
They called it the Red Bull. Desert silt gave the Colorado River its distinctive color, but it was its power and unpredictability that made its fiercesome reputation. Speeding down from the high Rockies, the Colorado could flood without warning, wiping out any farmer foolish enough to settle near its banks.
But what if the Red Bull could be tamed? Farmlands irrigated by the Colorado's waters could bloom in the desert. Cities electrified by the Colorado's power could grow and prosper. Hoover Dam grew from this dream, and with it much of the American west.
Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam was set in an unforgiving landscape whose climate defied habitation, much less backbreaking physical labor. Yet during those hard times and in that desolate place, there rose an extraordinary feat of modern engineering and one of America's most enduring landmarks.
Notable Children's Book in the field of Social Studies, 2002
National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council
"...an epic tale of adventure and danger.... A wonderfully readable, well organized book filled with fascinating detail."
School Library Journal
"Visually impressive and well designed...The text clearly explains the aims of the project, the challenges it posed, the difficulties and dangers of the construction and how the dam works, as well as the social context of the Great Depression."
Alan Witschonke graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975. He has won awards from both The Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts magazine. He lives in Belmont, MA with his two sons and his wife, Judith Love, who is also an illustrator. He is the illustrator of The Brooklyn Bridge
, Empire State Building
, Statue Of Liberty
, The Great Wall
, and Hoover Dam.
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