Sky High: Geoge Ferris’s Big Wheel
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Gene Barretta
Ages: 5 - 8
Grade Level: K – 3
I love this story! It’s an easy biography about the invention of the Ferris Wheel. Would you believe George got the idea as a kid, from a big waterwheel? He grew up, became an architect and builder, but it took the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair to make it happen. The committee wanted something incredible but didn’t believe in George or his idea. George didn’t quit. He funded the project himself, with some help from his friends. When the fair opened, everything was ready, except the cars. They weren’t attached, but when they were, the ride was a huge success…264 feet tall, 2,100 riders at a time! Great job, George! Thanks for your Sky High Ferris Wheel!