WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Here to There and Me to You: A Book of Bridges by Cheryl Keely
ABOUT THE BOOK
Bridges are some of the most fascinating structures in our landscape, and they come in all forms. From towering suspension bridges to humble stone crossings, this book visits them all in sweet, bouncing text with expository sidebars. But while bridges can be quite grand, this reminds us that their main purpose is bringing people together. This is perfect for budding architects, as well as readers who can relate to having loved ones who live far away.
With a growing emphasis on STEM books and learning books like this one become very valuable. Not only does this book introduce an important engineering concept--connecting things together--but it also compares building a physical bridge to building relationship bridges. There are two kinds of text. The shorter, larger text provides generic information perfect for sharing with younger readers/listeners (say 1st or 2nd grade). For use with older children, there is additional information about specific bridges that match the type being discussed on the page. The illustrations are bright and colorful and give the reader a nice view of the bridges and the differences in their designs. I especially liked the page showing children doing back bends that make them look like bridges. This book makes for a fun read and makes for a great lead in on a number of different activities--everything from yoga or physical posing to drawing and designing a bridge, to using a variety of materials to actually build a bridge. This book would be a great addition to school libraries.