Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World

Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World

Prior to the 1800s, ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean relied on the wind in their sails to make their journeys. But the invention of steam power ushered in a new era of transportation that would change ocean travel forever: the steamship. Author-illustrator David Macaulay guides readers through the history that culminated in the building of the most advanced?and last?of Prior to the 1800s, ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean relied on the wind in their sails to make their journeys. But t...

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Title:Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World
Author:David Macaulay
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1596434775
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:128 pages pages

Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World Reviews

  • Emily
    Jun 13, 2019
    Pretty much all of the technical part of this book (in other words, most of it), about how steam engines and turbines work glided painlessly over my head. But I loved the framing story, and I really, really love ocean liners. Why? They're just neat, and really big. I enjoyed learning a...
  • Chrissy
    Jan 09, 2020
    Macaulay's usual excellence, with the added interest of a personal story. ...
  • Peg
    Jun 17, 2019
    Macaulay weaves his own story into this book, scattered between all the fantastic drawings and technological explanations one expects in his books. He traces the development of the steam engine through the building and sailing of the United States, the ship on which Macaulay and his fa...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    Jun 02, 2019
    I'm not finished yet, but this is awesome! It starts with the Macaulay family preparing to emigrate to the US from the UK in the 50s. Then we go back to the difficulty of pumping out mines and follow the development of the steam engine and the incremental improvements to the technology...
  • Barbara
    Dec 20, 2019
    This one made me feel as though I was exploring every inch of the SS United States, and some of the technical details were over my head. Reading this book, a delightfully-detailed and impeccably- illustrated depiction of the history of steamships, made me think about how long it took t...
  • Julie Williams
    May 26, 2019
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  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 28, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus This was very lovely, and while I am personally enthralled by steam ships and transatlantic crossings, I just don't see this ever being checked out. Macaulay's Motel of the Mysteries (1979) is still one of my all time favorites, but it never circulates. A m...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Sep 24, 2019
    It?s no surprise when a book by David Macaulay captivates and astounds with the detail and depth of research and rendering. This is no different, but I found it an especially exciting a new source for the way in which it integrates the personal memories of author/illustrator with his...
  • Jessica
    Jul 17, 2019
    An excellent history and homage to the grand old lady of the seas, the ?United States?. The additional detailed look at the early history of steamships is also highly informative. Once the ?United States? opens as a hotel/museum I know where I?ll be spending my next vacation....
  • Kifflie
    Dec 14, 2019
    David Macaulay gives us a history of steam engines and steam ships, and then focuses on the decades-long design, development, and building of the United States. His illustrations are very detailed -- including a huge splash page cross-section of the entire finished ship. The technical ...
  • Gretchen
    Jun 18, 2019
    I love how this book must have begun for David Macaulay. When he was young, his mother, his brother and he rode on the ship the United States. It was a steamship that became one of the fastest of its time. Starts by telling us that he is going on the voyage and then heads back in time ...
  • Nancy
    Sep 03, 2019
    This fascinating story of the development of steam engines is told against the backdrop of David Macaulay?s personal narrative of his family?s trip across the ocean from England to America in 1957 at age eight, and it concludes as his family settles into their new home in a New Jer...
  • Lynne Marie
    Jun 16, 2019
    So much effort went into this book in both text and art. ...
  • PWRL
    Jun 17, 2019
    SM ...
  • Becca
    Oct 30, 2019
    Fascinating look at the craft of building an ocean liner. The comparisons to the author's family's journey was delightful. ...
  • Margie
    Nov 27, 2019
    As children we perceive the world through a lens acutely aware of details others might miss but our point of view of life on a larger scale is limited by our resources and experiences. There have probably been moments in most of our lives when we were unaware of being involved in somet...
  • Erica Hinlicky Deb
    Jan 10, 2020
    I can imagine technical kids and those who like nonfiction enjoying this. There is a lot of information about the history of steam engines and boats and it is nicely illustrated. The memoir piece is what was lacking for me. It was an interesting story but it wasn?t fully fleshed out ...
  • Jan
    Jul 01, 2019
    Amazing coverage of steamship history anchored in personal histories. Should be short - listed for the caldecott!! ...
  • KC
    May 27, 2019
    A detailed look at how steam engines are made and their use. ...
  • Beverly
    Sep 06, 2019
    Read for Mock Caldecott Awards voting. This was an extremely interesting book about the history of ships and how they eventually became the passenger liners of today. There is a wealth of illustrations and explanations to keep a curious youngster busy for days absorbing it all if they ...
  • Debbie
    Jul 18, 2019
    David Macaulay does it again - a fabulous book on a very complicated piece of mechanical wonder. This book deserves an award! Macaulay has a way of not only illustrating his work (one can see the years of architectural study in his drawings) but also writing in such a way that a 5th gr...
  • Mary
    Sep 30, 2019
    Macaulay makes this story his own as he demonstrates steam engines in ships through every step of building the S.S. United States, one of the last large passenger vessels and the one he and his family took when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. Wow! Wisely, the design team engineer...
  • Pat
    Aug 10, 2019
    David Macaulay, author and illustrator of Pyramid and The Way Things Work, has written a combination autobiographical work about his immigration to the US from Britain in 1957 at the age of 10 and his examination of the steamship, the SS United States, that he traveled on to America....
  • Maeve
    Nov 09, 2019
    So boring. ...
  • Nick Van
    May 12, 2019
    A lovely book, informative as every Macaulay book, with a touch of his own personal story. A worthy addition to his collection of works. ...
  • Dave
    May 22, 2019
    A great, short book about the development of steamships and, specifically, the building of the S.S. United States, upon which the author (David Macaulay) sailed as a young boy as an emigrant from Great Britain to the U.S. Excellent hand-drawn illustrations by the author. ...
  • Mary Hollowell
    Jul 17, 2019
    David Macaulay's new children's book CROSSING ON TIME is best for its autobiographic sections. It also shows the details of a 20th Century transatlantic cruise ship, from top to bottom, and it is drawn in his characteristic pen & ink and watercolor wash. The multiple perspectives a...
  • Susan
    May 16, 2019
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  • Benjamin A. Kort
    Dec 03, 2019
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  • Andrea
    Jan 04, 2020
    Wonderful book on the building of the United States, a huge ship that crossed in the Atlantic in the 1950s. Interesting details and amazing pictures. ...