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GRANDPA'S BRIDGE: ABOUT A BOY, HIS GRANDPA AND THE BUILDING OF A BRIDGE

Author: Lisa Dos Santo

Illustrator: Kate Belfy

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Publisher: Mango Tree Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In May 1954 the folks in Mackinaw City, Michigan broke ground to erect a suspension bridge across the Mackinac straits. Naysayers said the project was too big and it would end in disaster. But in 1957, the Mighty Mac - all 8,614 feet of her - became the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The men and women who met the challenge and successfully completed the project became heroes. Charlie’s Grandfather was one of them and in this book he shares his pride, joy, and memories with Charlie. This is a picture book story of an historical event.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Age of Child: Read by students at Menchville High School as part of our Use Your ABCs program.

Young Reader Reaction: This is a boring history book about a bridge. The family stuff was all right, and the cookies were a hit. I would select this book if I needed to something with nonfiction for school.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an enjoyable book. The citizens of Mackinaw City took on a challenging project, the reward for which was the completion of the “Mighty Mac”. It is a story of a community joining together to make life better for everyone.

Pros: This enjoyable book brings history to life for kids.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a wholesome story that demonstrates what citizens can do when they work together. It encourages civic involvement and proudly extols the accomplishments of citizens who get involved. Sharing this book with boys in the age group suggested, will capture their attention.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: A Story of Kindness and Friendship above the Mighty MAC   SOLSTICE: A MYSTERY OF THE SEASON   WOODEN SHIP

Educational Themes: This story provides many opportunities to discuss meeting challenges, community involvement, and civic pride.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, history, architecture, grandparents

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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