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A royal ride : Catherine the Great's great invention

by Fulton, Kristen,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Braddock Carnegie Library Picture Books P REAL FUL
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  P REAL FUL
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Non-fiction J E 947.063 FULTON
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J E 947.063 FULTON
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j EA FULTON Kristen
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j EA FULTON Kristen
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B CATHERINE II
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B CATHERINE II
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP ROY FULTON
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  JP ROY FULTON
Join Catherine the Great on a fun-filled ride as she schemes to invent the roller coaster in this inventive, STEM-based nonfiction picture book!

Empress Catherine the Great, Queen of Russia loved her country, especially the snowy winters. Giant ice slides meant daring drops and thrilling rides for all!

But every spring, warm weather melted the snow and the slides.

What could Catherine the Great do to ensure fun all year round?

With some ingenuity and some royal thinking, Catherine the Great would create her greatest invention!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In many languages, the word for roller-coaster translates as Russian mountains, a tribute to Catherine the Great, the Russian empress credited with its invention. A great fan of ice slides down which she and her subjects would ride during their long winters Catherine called her royal builders and made a most royal request. She wanted to be able to enjoy her favorite diversion year-round. Working from her initial idea, they brainstormed, experimented, and finally produced a wooden, jewel-encrusted downhill thrill ride that would work in the warmer months. Fleming's fanciful Photoshop illustrations depict youthful, cartoon-style characters, cats in sweaters, and a St. Basil's Cathedral plonked in the middle of rolling green fields. While not necessarily a literal rendering of the era, this is certainly a fun romp through the early history of a modern favorite (or feared) activity. Back matter includes a time line, bibliography, and an author's note telling how Catherine's original prototype continued to evolve into the familiar montagnes russes of today.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cartoon scenes of a young Catherine the Great (1729--1796) animate the beginnings of the first wooden roller coaster. The Russian empress adores Saint Petersburg's winter ice slides ("she bolted, barreled, and breezed six hundred feet down," reads Fulton's spirited text) and longs to enjoy their thrill during the summer months. Sketching a design with "gilded beams and poles as high as a mountain," Catherine sets her builders to the task. They modify and construct her idea, erecting a wood tower (not gold, to her dismay) and carriage that delight the empress, and the first "Russian mountain" is born. In Fleming's art, Catherine pushes education for all and bosses builders about while wearing a crown and cape, accompanied by an orange tabby and small white dog. A brief author's note, roller coaster timeline, and bibliography conclude this whimsical introduction to roller coaster history. Ages 4--8. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Catherine -- II, -- Empress of Russia, -- 1729-1796 -- Juvenile literature.
Catherine -- II, -- Empress of Russia, -- 1729-1796.
Roller coasters -- Juvenile literature.
Roller coasters.
Publisher New York :2019
Contributors Fleming, Lucy, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9781481496575
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