Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
     A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford’s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World’s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.
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About the author

Kathryn Gibbs Davis has a gift for combining history and storytelling in a manner that relates to readers of many ages. Her Wackiest White House Pet earned the Parents Gold Choice Award and was read aloud by former First Lady Barbara Bush during a nationally televised event at the presidential library. Kathryn is an active member of the Children’s Literature Network. Visit

Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements. 

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Sep 2, 2014
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Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
Juvenile Nonfiction / Boys & Men
Juvenile Nonfiction / Careers
Juvenile Nonfiction / Curiosities & Wonders
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / General
Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Physics
Juvenile Nonfiction / Technology / How Things Work-Are Made
Juvenile Nonfiction / Technology / Inventions
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Eligible for Family Library

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