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This bridge will not be gray!


This is the story of one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, the Golden Gate Bridge.
First published in 2015, it has been revised and the 2nd edition was published in 2018 with updated back matter.
From the decision to build a bridge connecting the towns and cities in the Bay Area to the debate around its shape and colour,  and how it finally ended up being painted 'International Orange' this book will most certainly engage young readers, inspiring them to research further.

The story of the Golden Gate Bridge suggests a few interesting themes, encouraging children in to explore the grandeur of architecture and the work behind it in first place.

Here there was a huge mechanical work involved in its construction and careful engineering planning, since it is the biggest suspension bridge in the world, directly facing the Pacific Ocean.
And there was the work to decide its colour.
'Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in, even if it's just for a colour'

We find out about the collective decision of keeping the bridge of that unusual colour, going against any convention, the brave decision to make the Golden Gate Bridge more like art, than a bridge.
Dave Eggers narration is light and slightly ironic, while cutout illustrations by Tucker Nichols contribute to drive the attention from the landscape to the story and construction process, and to the book as a physical object.
The result is an unexpectedly engaging book, which inspires to travel as well as to explore further the beauty of man-made creations.
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This Bridge Will Not Be Gray [2018] available here
Words by Dave Eggers
Art by Tucker Nichols
English language edition by Chronicle Books
Reading age: 6+
Themes: Non-Fiction, Architecture



Credits: Alex@wayfaring.professional

Credits: Alex@wayfaring.professional

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