Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Amazing coverage of steamship history anchored in personal histories. Should be short - listed for the caldecott!! " said.

" So much effort went into this book in both text and art. " said.

" An excellent history and homage to the grand old lady of the seas, the “United States”. The additional detailed look at the early history of steamships is also highly informative. Once the “United States” opens as a hotel/museum I know where I’ll be spending my next vacation. " said.

" Read for Mock Caldecott Awards voting. This was an extremely interesting book about the history of ships and how they eventually became the passenger liners of today. There is a wealth of illustrations and explanations to keep a curious youngster busy for days absorbing it all if they are truly interested. My favorite part of the book was the last part which details the voyage the author, as a child) and his family made on a "modern" ocean liner when he came to America. " said.

"Macaulay weaves his own story into this book, scattered between all the fantastic drawings and technological explanations one expects in his books. He traces the development of the steam engine through the building and sailing of the United States, the ship on which Macaulay and his family crossed the Atlantic to make their home in America. His early and continuing obsession with and first reaction to the Empire State Building help frame the story. Readers can read this book several ways and on several levels. In any case, they most likely will return to the drawings multiple times. Personally, I loved the pages showing the building of the United States, rising from nothing!" said.

"This fascinating story of the development of steam engines is told against the backdrop of David Macaulay’s personal narrative of his family’s trip across the ocean from England to America in 1957 at age eight, and it concludes as his family settles into their new home in a New Jersey neighborhood where this “foreign land became home.” Historical information is accompanied by detailed drawings and schematics of pumps and pistons, early steam engines, steam-powered paddleboats, river steamboats, compound engines, steam turbines, and the building of the SS United States (the ship the Macaulay family sailed on). Back matter includes an afterword with Macaulay’s nostalgic look at how his past has twined with transportation advances, a timeline (from 1497-2011) detailing pivotal events in the history of steam engines and transportation, and a reading list." said.

"David Macaulay does it again - a fabulous book on a very complicated piece of mechanical wonder. This book deserves an award! Macaulay has a way of not only illustrating his work (one can see the years of architectural study in his drawings) but also writing in such a way that a 5th grader could understand it. And if a 5th grader could understand it, then an adult like me could too. I only wish my dad was still with us to read this book. He would have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of steam engines and fast ships! As I was reading, the illustrations and reading kept building until I turned to page 86. Oh Wow! Pages 87 through 94 include a full layout on 6 pages of the US United States! Talk about fun! I loved the drawings of the rooms and imagining what the characters in those rooms were doing. Macaulay transported me into a luxury liner and had me imagining what life at that time must have been like. And then... he goes on to tell about his family's history on it. What a book! Keep reading to the very end. I don't want to spoil the last few pages. All I can say is WOW! What a great book. I see why it took years to write. Good job!" said.

"David Macaulay's new children's book CROSSING ON TIME is best for its autobiographic sections. It also shows the details of a 20th Century transatlantic cruise ship, from top to bottom, and it is drawn in his characteristic pen & ink and watercolor wash. The multiple perspectives are interesting, from overhead looking down to beneath the waves looking up. (As someone, who used to snorkel and scrape barnacles from the keels of boats, I especially appreciate the latter.) Page 94 shows the scope of the ship, from alongside, with a bellowing smokestack. This reference book is intriguing and will reach a wide audience. " said.

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