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SKY BOYS by Deborah Hopkinson Kirkus Star

SKY BOYS

How They Built the Empire State Building

By Deborah Hopkinson (Author) , James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-83610-1
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

“A symbol of hope in the darkest of times,” the Empire State Building was built in record time during the Great Depression. In their latest collaboration, Hopkinson and Ransome beautifully depict its construction in one year and 45 days, as seen through the watchful eyes of a young boy. The free-verse narrative and dynamic oil paintings are a superb one-two punch, nicely complemented by endpapers celebrating the photographs of Lewis Hine, who documented the construction of the Empire State Building from 1930 to 1931. Poetic lines are packed with information, and the palette ranges from blue-sky days to rich nighttime hues to beautiful bursts of oranges, yellows and blues. As in Mordicai Gerstein’s The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2003), perspectives range from ground-level views to soaring vistas to dizzying looks down to earth from above. A beautiful work befitting its subject. (author’s note, sources) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)