Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building


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The unbeatable team of Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome present a riveting brick-by-brick account of how one of the most amazing accomplishments in American architecture came to be. Join a young boy as he watches the Empire State Building being constructed from scratch, then travels to the top to look down on all of New York City in 1931. Hopkinson, a master of historical fiction, and Ransome, an award-winning illustrator, dazzle us with this ALA Notable and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375865411
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 133,876
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the author of Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, illustrated by John Hendrix, an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her most recent book is A Boy Called Dickens. Her many other acclaimed titles include ALA Notable Apples to Oregon, Under the Quilt of Night, and Fannie in the Kitchen.

JAMES E. RANSOME is the illustrator of many titles, including Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George; Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star, a finalist for the NAACP Image Awards; Satchel Paige; and Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist. He is also the illustrator of Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and an ALA Notable Book; Creation, which won a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration; and Let My People Go by Patricia C. McKissack, winner of an NAACP Image Award. Visit him at

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Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Meerkat4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really promotes (passively mind you) Nationalism!!! other than that, it is a fun book that walks the reader through the creation of the Empire State Building, really touching on the bravery of the workers walking those steal beams with no tie-off. It was really demonstrated via the art work. On top of that, it really gives a glimpse of the hard times facing America during it's construction. Perhaps that was the intent of the nationalistic view point, that was a major part of promoting a united American ideal to help pull the country out of difficulty. I was a good book and educational. I would recommend it.