The Great Bridge Lowering

Author: Warren, Sandra; Sjoerdsma, Tom (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Creative Problem Solving; Divergent Thinking

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 1758

Price: $14.99
Website price: $12.99

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The Great Bridge Lowering is an open-ended storybook/activity book about a town that wants a bridge built to span the river that divides it. The bridge is to be built in a factory and lowered into place by helicopters. The plan was well-researched, but the town insisted on using inexpensive materials over the protestations of the architect, who said that better materials were a must if the design was to work. Now, as the bridge is being lowered, it begins to break up, and it is a crisis. Readers face the challenge of coming up with a plan to save the day and get the bridge in place safely.  

Author Sandra Warren offers a vast array of ideas for ways in which children can respond to this challenge creatively, both in words and illustrations, but the book's activities allow them to go beyond simply responding to the problem of getting the bridge lowered safely. Children might suggest a better solution to the problem than that chosen by the city council, or they could suggest “crazy combos” of a bridge and other objects. They might write an autobiography of a bridge, imagine themselves as a bridge and tell what sort of bridge and where, write an eye-witness account of the events that begin with the potential breakup of the bridge in the air, and nearly a dozen other possibilities. Each of the suggested activities is given shape and form by a page for children to record their responses.

Sandra Warren is an award-winning author and educator, and this book is greatly enhanced by her ingenuity and by the delightful illustrations drawn by Tom Sjoerdsma.

Review: "As an education consultant, it has been my pleasure to use and recommend Sandra Warren's books.... There is always a need for quality literature that motivates children to think. The words and illustrations in her books combine to challenge young readers to think creatively about two seemingly ordinary things. They stimulate questions and a sense of wonder." – Nancy Johnson, Educational Consultant, Marian, IL

The Great Bridge Lowering is an open-ended storybook/activity book about a town that wants a bridge built to span the river that divides it. The bridge is to be built in a factory and lowered into place by helicopters. The plan was well-researched, but the town insisted on using inexpensive materials over the protestations of the architect, who said that better materials were a must if the design was to work. Now, as the bridge is being lowered, it begins to break up, and it is a crisis. Readers face the challenge of coming up with a plan to save the day and get the bridge in place safely.  

Author Sandra Warren offers a vast array of ideas for ways in which students can respond to this challenge creatively, both in words and illustrations, but the book's activities allow them to go beyond simply responding to the problem of getting the bridge lowered safely. Students might suggest a better solution to the problem than that chosen by the city council, or they could suggest “crazy combos” of a bridge and other objects. They might write an autobiography of a bridge, imagine themselves as a bridge and tell what sort of bridge and where, write an eye-witness account of the events that begin with the potential breakup of the bridge in the air, and nearly a dozen other possibilities. Each of the suggested activities is given shape and form by a page for students to record their responses. 

Sandra Warren is an award-winning author and educator, and this book is greatly enhanced by her ingenuity and by the delightful illustrations drawn by Tom Sjoerdsma.

Review: "As an education consultant, it has been my pleasure to use and recommend Sandra Warren's books.... There is always a need for quality literature that motivates children to think. The words and illustrations in her books combine to challenge young readers to think creatively about two seemingly ordinary things. They stimulate questions and a sense of wonder." – Nancy Johnson, Educational Consultant, Marian, IL

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