Monica Kulling: Going Up



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Avid Parkins who had also illustrated the critically acclaimed and one of my favorite books In The Bag Margaret Knight Wraps It Up captures the personality of Elisha from his knitted brow of concern as he mulls over the esign of the safety brake to his wide eyed eureka moment when he bolts upright in his bed Other characters too his sleepy wife the astonished workers the amazed onlookers as he tests his machine at the World s Fair pop off the Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, double page spreads Monica includes an author s note stating that before Elisha s safety brake buildings could only be six stories tall Afterwards however the sky became the limit Elisha s invention made it possible to build skyscrapers This is an excellent read aloud about having theetermination to make a Smijurija u mjerama dream come true Tells the story of Otis building elevators with breaks for goods and people The story starts in his childhood working on a farm and uses lifting hay to lead to his ideas about elevators laterIidn t know that Otis had invented anything else that was actually used But he made a machine to make bed frames that was used in bed frame factories This introduction to the life and works of Elisha Otis is informative and engaging one that is suitable for all ages Even as an adult I feel like I actually learned from this one although it admittedly I knew nothing about Elisha Otis beyond the phrase invented the elevator Recommended G loved this one Reason for Reading Next in the seriesI always enjoy good picture book biographies and Monica Kulling s Great Idea Series is a favourite of mine She has a knack for picking the not so common inventors of the last 150 years or so These are inventions we ve heard of but the inventor s names are not always the most well known I have heard of Elijah Otis before but if asked who he was I would have answered an inventor not really connecting his name with his famous and life changing invention the elevator The book takes the usual form of this series which is comforting as each book is a welcome read when we know what to expect This one skips Elijah s childhood very fast as by page three he Ldren can relate to The previous books in the series have been well reviewed and this new book will be eually compelling A short fully illustrated biography

S married widowed father of two and remarried as he sets off to try his luck in New York We find Elijah a studious man who though working in a factory by Speer day spends his eveningsesigning machinery to improve the speed of the manufacturing process Written with short paragraphs or two per page each accompanied by large intricate illustrations that perfectly show off both Otis character and the time period We eventually learn how he comes up with the idea of the elevator the public s initial reluctance to believe it was safe and the eventual implementation of the elevator in architecture and its Ultralearning direct influence on the building of skyscrapers Another fine entry in the series It was a long time from inspiration raising hay in the barn to elevator for machinery and later humans Interesting to see how what you learnexperience in childhood can inspire you even years laterHard to think of people being too afraid to enter an elevator It s hard to imagine a world without elevators but we have them today because of Elisha Otis invention in the 1850 s This is his exciting story Great illustrations Elisha Otis was always fascinated with moving things and with machines As a child he watched the workers on the farm move hay using ropes The problem was that sometimes the ropes broke Fast forward to adulthood and Otis s work in a factory He had a problem how to move heavy objects safely Answer Otis s new invention the elevator I loved to learn how the elevator moved beyond carrying objects to carrying people even though people were wary of its safety and how that led to other technological advances This book has a lighthearted yet informational tone to it The book starts out with a fun little poem about riding a modern elevator Even though it is an informational picture book biography it reads like a story of Elisha Otis s fascination with machines and his invention of the elevator to solve a problem The livelyetailed and cartoonish illustrations make the 1800s setting come alive Great way to introduce young readers to an inventor who they haven t heard of but whose invention they freuently us. N the award winning GREAT IDEA SERIES about the man who invented the elevator Elijah Otis The man who enabled the hi rise and other feats of modern architectur.

Another excellent living book about someone we The Ring Of The Dove don t hear a lot about Mr Otis the inventor of the everyday elevator Elisha Otis made buildings than 6 stories possible with his invention of the safety break on the lifts Perfectlyone Really interesting I m going to be checking out the entire series for sure now Hold That ElevatorMonica Kulling s Great Ideas Series showcases forgotten heroes inventors who changed the course of history but whose inventions we now take for granted George Eastman s first photograph Elijah McCoy s steam engine and Margaret Knight s folding paper bag The fourth book in the series tells the story of Elisha Otis and his elevator As with her previous books in the series Monica blends fiction and nonfiction to create an authentic historical and social landscape as her poetic prose create very assessable characters Going up shouts seven year old Elisha Otis as he watches the hay hoist It s 1818 and young Elisha loves watching farm machines at work He carries this love with him as he at nineteen moves away from the farm eventually starting his own family By 1845 Elisha is working in a bed frame factory when he is inspired to make a machine that makes bed rails uickly His bed rail turned proved so successful he is put in charge of building a new bed frame factory in Yonkers New York As he built the new factory however Elisha The Lost Literature of Medieval England didn t trust the hoisting platform if the platform failed as they oftenid in those A Curse of Kings days falling machine parts could hurt people So he built a safety brake Going up Elisha shouts to his men as he began testing his safety brake Once the platform reaches full height he shouts Let it fall The workers are astonished as they watch and the safety brakes hold the platformAnd then Elisha gets a new idea One night in 1853 Elisha sat bolt upright in bed His nightcap was skew We ll lift people he shouted Lift people Where mumbled a sleepy Betsy Why to the sky of course To the sky But peopleidn t trust the people hoisting elevators When the World s fair comes to New York Elisha finds his chance to prove his great ideaThe rest is history of courseD. This is the fourth book in Tundra's Great Idea Series of biographies for young readers The story behind the invention of the elevator is one that all young chi.

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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver British Columbia She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria Monica Kulling has published twenty six fiction and nonfiction books for children including picture books poetry and biographies She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman Houdini Eleanor Rooseve