"Strength forged through sacrifice.
To say this picture book is intensely moving is simplification. The bold art vividly and movingly depicts the story of what is known in history as 9/11. Though not a full story of that day, the text conveys in terse prose the day, the dreaded event, the result, and the weeping. The art and text carry a darkness about them. The story doesn't try to convey the immense loss and sorrow or the depth of this event on the peoples, the city, and the nation because the story in this book is what happened from the rubble of this disaster and how America has used this ruination to forge strength and service and protection for America.
It is a story of how steel workers took a battered, broken beam of steel from the Towers. How they carried it from New York to Louisiana (a very long truck journey). How steel workers melted that broken, wrecked steel beam until it was amazingly fiery hot and molded it into material that was shaped to become.....
....the bow of the USS New York LPD 21!Now that bow plows through the mighty oceans of the World carrying over 700 combat ready Marine Corps troops, their equipment, and supplies. It has a landing platform/dock. It is staffed by up to 360 U.S. Navy sailors. It is a symbol but it is also a piece of American strength.
I strongly encourage every library to acquire a copy of this for young people to read, and re-read, and then read again so that they can understand "Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget."
About the book: There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.
Peachtree Publishing has a terrific Teachers' Guide for studying and learning from the story in Seven and a Half Tons of Steel. It is filled with facts, questions, and crossword puzzles. Just click here to open it so you can download it yourself. Use at home or in school or library.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Peachtree Publishers to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated. Winner's copy will be mailed directly to the winner by the publishers. Pictures used are property of Peachtree Publishing and/or Thomas Gonzalez and Chat With Vera claim no property rights to pictures.