Going Up!

Going Up! : Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top

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This is the fourth book in Tundra's Great Idea Series of biographies for young readers. The story behind the invention of the elevator is one that all young children can relate to! The previous books in the series have been well reviewed, and this new book will be equally compelling. A short, fully illustrated biography in the award-winning GREAT IDEA SERIES, about the man who invented the elevator - Elijah Otis. The man who enabled the hi-rise, and other feats of modern architecture.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 213 x 262 x 10.16mm | 350g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • New
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1770492402
  • 9781770492400
  • 1,633,440

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"... In his realistic, fine-lined illustrations, Parkins ... captures the narrative's broad, high-energy tone in images of the inventor with eyes bulging, mouth wide open and arms flung out wildly during various Eureka! moments...."
--Kirkus Reviews "Kulling gives lesser-known inventor Elisha Otis a lift in this latest entry into the Great Idea series.... [T]his picture-book biography gives a lively account of Otis' world-changing invention. Caricatured expressions set against detailed backdrops add playfulness to the informative text."
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About Monica Kulling

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, among others. Her book It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, illustrated by Bill Slavin, was the first in Tundra's Great Idea Series, followed by All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine and In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up. Monica Kulling is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! Award-winning artist DAVID PARKINS has illustrated more than fifty books for children. He began his career at Dyfed College of Art in Wales, where he studied wildlife illustration. From there, he attended the Lincoln College of Art.
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Rating details

52 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 23% (12)
4 48% (25)
3 25% (13)
2 4% (2)
1 0% (0)

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I always enjoy good picture book biographies and Monica Kulling's "Great Idea Series" is a favourite of mine. She has a knack for picking the not so common inventors of the last 150 years or so. These are inventions we've heard of but the inventor's names are not always the most well known. I have heard of Elijah Otis before but if asked who he was I would have answered "an inventor" not really connecting his name with his famous and life-changing invention, the elevator. The book takes the usual form of this series which is comforting as each book is a welcome read when we know what to expect. This one skips Elijah's childhood very fast as by page three he is married, widowed, father of two and remarried as he sets off to try his luck in New York. We find Elijah a studious man, who though working in a factory by day, spends his evenings designing machinery to improve the speed of the manufacturing process. Written with short paragraphs or two per page, each accompanied by large intricate illustrations that perfectly show off both Otis' character and the time period. We eventually learn how he comes up with the idea of the elevator, the public's initial reluctance to believe it was safe and the eventual implementation of the elevator in architecture and its direct influence on the building of "skyscrapers". Another fine entry in the series.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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