Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont

Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont
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April 01, 2012
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Introducing Corry Lapont: 12-year-old and aspiring "green" engineer. This dynamic title takes the form of Corry's scrapbook. It's a dazzling collection of postcards, brochures and other memorabilia documenting Corry's research into green design. Kid-friendly language explains the engineering behind some of the planet's most cutting edge towers, bridges, tunnels, domes, dams, dikes, locks and levees. These structures include the Vizcaya Bridge in Spain, where gondolas transport cars over the Nervion River, and the Channel tunnel, where trains speed between England and France in just 35 minutes. Readers will explore the environmental impact of structures, such as the pros and cons of dam construction and how rainwater can be used to cool buildings. Complex concepts are clarified with simple activities, as well as colorful drawings, fun facts and the occasional wisecrack from Corry's kid brother, Riley.

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I was excited about this book. I have been a 'tree-hugger' since I was young, and still remember the Earth Day concert our sixth grade put on when I was around 12. The title appealed to me, but this book is hit or miss. I felt like it was a book made when I was in sixth grade, which was in 1992. The information included in this book is great: lots of neat and interesting facts about architecture, buildings, dams, dykes, bridges, and other structures that are huge feats of human engineering. If in possession of a child that is very science- and information-hungry, this book could be right up their alley. However, I also feel books have come a long way in aesthetics in the last two decades, and the layout, illustrations, and sadly, even the pictures fail to demonstrate that growth throughout the entirety of this book--hence my 1992 reference. The "scrapbook" layout just ended up being jumbled, and a lot of text was wasted space (i.e. the character Corry puts a sticker that has the location of the building and then adds, "the world, the universe.") I think some kids will be able to ignore this, but with such interesting and, I feel, pertinent information, I wish this book could have been taken to the next level in its layout.
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