Capital by Lynn Curlee
Reading level: Ages 9-12
The White House. The Washington Monument. The Lincoln Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial. The Capitol building. These structures define and glorify our nation's history and stand today as towering symbols of architectural achievement. However the tale behind their construction is often left untold. Brought to life by Lynn Curlee, the story of the emergence of our capital city is one that is both moving and awe-inspiring.
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In Capital, Mr. Curlee explores the forces behind, and the people working for, the creation of these monuments, detailing the brilliance, agony, and creative spirit that went into them. With extraordinary paintings and a moving narrative, he revitalizes the history of Washington, D.C., and the growth of a nation, for young readers.
About the Author
Lynn Curlee was educated as an art historian and worked as a fine artist for many years before he began to make children's books. His other books include Brooklyn Bridge, winner of a Robert F. Sibert Honor Award; Liberty; Ships of the Air; Into the Ice: The Story of Arctic Exploration; Rushmore; and, most recently, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He lives on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.