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Building Big with David Macaulay: Dams


Rated: NR, Ages 5 to 95

Availability: Out of stock


Director(s): David Macaulay

Language: English

Running Time: 66 minutes

Number of Discs: 02/01/2010



Changing the course of rivers has changed the course of history. Award-winning author-illustrator and captivating storyteller David Macaulay goes to extremes to bring you an unprecedented look at the power of dams. From the banks of the Nile to the top of the Hoover Dam, you’ll meet the courageous and ambitious builders, relive the deadly disasters, and discover the little-known personal triumphs and tragedies behind the greatest dams ever built.

-Meet Frank "Hurry Up" Crowe, the Hoover Dam’s chief engineer who pushed his workers to unprecedented heights in the infernal desert heat.
-See how Egypt’s Nubian society was radically transformed by the Aswan Dam.
-Find out what structural and physical forces led to 2200 deaths in the Johnstown Flood of 1889.
-Build your own mini-dam with Kenny and Caroline from the PBS kids’ show ZOOM using only some popsicle sticks, sand and gravel.

David Macaulay hosts Building Big, the five-part series that brings you the amazing truth behind the greatest manmade wonders of the world. From the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to inside the Hoover Dam, Building Big travels the world exploring Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Skyscrapers and Domes in unforgettable, really big adventures. Includes hands-on building activity designed for kids.

About David Macaulay:
David Macaulay is American illustrator and writer who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in architecture. His most famous books are nonfiction illustrated children's books about engineering and architecture. Macaulay's books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into multiple languages. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Caldecott Medal. His books include The Way Things Work, Pyramid, Castle, Underground, Building Big, and The Way We Work. Several of his books have been made into entertaining documentaries. Macaulay's books and videos should be on every child's bookshelf!

About PBS:
PBS (the Public Broadcasting Service) is a non-profit broadcaster which has 354 member television station which collectively own it. Founded in 1970, PBS distributes award winning, high content series like Frontline, NOVA, Sesame Street, among others. Many of their series can now be streamed for free from