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How Emily Saved the Bridge
How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge | Frieda Wishinsky
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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 Wishinskys informative and engaging text and Natalie Nelsons 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.
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Kenyazero
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I am torn on so-so and a pick, so pick it shall be! This book taught me some interesting facts about the Brooklyn Bridge and showcases a woman who was significant to women's history in the United States. It felt a little boring to me, but it also felt like it had an empowering tone. I liked the illustrations as well. #NonfictionPicturebook #Picturebook

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BookishMarginalia
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Charming #nonfictionpicturebook about how #EmilyWarrenRoebling took over her husband‘s duties as chief engineer of the #BrooklynBridge when he became incapacitated. She successfully led the project to completion at a time when women couldn‘t vote or even access credit on their own. Has sources as well as an interesting list of six strange facts about the bridge.

Written by #FriedaWishinsky and illustrated by #NatalieNelson

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#MagicalMay Day 1: Fats‘ review: “It‘s not just the fact that Emily Warren Roebling was the only female who helped build the Brooklyn Bridge that made the story remarkable. When Washington got sick, Emily took charge of everything: their home, Washington‘s illness, & their son. #MayDay Emily read books, consulted with her husband every day to learn everything she possibly could about engineering and building bridges.” https://wp.me/pDlzr-kTb

Branwen I grew up in the town of Roebling! There's a small museum there dedicated to the family! 😀 3y
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