Concrete: From the Ground Up (Material Marvels)

Concrete: From the Ground Up (Material Marvels)
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Release Date
September 27, 2022
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A stylish, eye-opening, utterly engaging, and often wry look at one of the marvels of the material world, from the ground up.

From a lowly mixture of stone, sand, water, and cement have sprung sidewalks, streets, and skyscrapers, sturdy lighthouses and magnificent palaces, long bridges and massive dams. In ancient building practices, in modern engineering, and in the architecture of the future, humble concrete plays a mighty role in the creation of the human-made world. Brimming with facts and spiced with clever running narrative in the form of repartee-filled speech bubbles, Concrete is as intimate and entertaining as it is informative and visually sweeping. Curious readers of all ages—from would-be engineers to science and history buffs to retro-design lovers—will delight in this bold, one-of-a-kind guide to the (literal) bedrock of civilization, amplified by a bibliography in the back matter.

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Concrete: From the Ground Up was an interesting and fun look at how concrete works.
I loved, not only the history of how concrete was made, but where and how it was used. The text is written in a well - laid out manner, making it easy to grasp and understand.
The illustrations are fun and interactive with the story, with thought bubbles often present to add some humorous touches.

While this is aimed for ages 7-10, my five year old enjoyed reading this with me and had no real issues understanding the terminology.

This was a great addition to my homeschool library!
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