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How Emily Saved the Bridge

The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Written by Frieda Wishinsky • Illustrated by Natalie Nelson

For kids 7 - 10 years old | Published May 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773063225
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

How Emily Saved the Bridge

The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Frieda Wishinsky • Natalie Nelson

The Brooklyn Bridge, the iconic suspension bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, was completed in 1883. It is thanks to Emily Warren Roebling that the bridge was finished at all.

Emily was not an engineer, but she was educated in math and science. She married Washington Roebling, the chief engineer of the famous bridge. When Washington became ill from decompression sickness, Emily stepped in, doing everything from keeping the books, to carrying messages for her husband, to monitoring the construction of the bridge. She was the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when it opened.

Emily, who went on to study law among many other accomplishments, is an inspiration to all, as demonstrated through Frieda Wishinsky’s informative and engaging text and Natalie Nelson’s distinctive collage illustrations. Speech bubbles revealing imagined dialogue add a playful note to this historical account, which includes fascinating facts about the Brooklyn Bridge and a further reading list.

About the Author

Frieda Wishinsky

Frieda Wishinsky is an award-winning author and teacher. She lives with her family in Toronto. Visit Frieda Wishinsky's website: http://www.friedawishinsky.com/

Natalie Nelson