Did You Know? (Fairs and Ferris Wheel Edition)

The biggest Ferris Wheel in the world is the Singapore Flyer. It is an amazing 542 feet tall, the same height as a 42 story building! I found this information  in the book That’s Awesome! Any little future inventors will love the technology shown throughout this book.

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. designed the original Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Skeptics laughed and called him the “man with wheels in his head.” Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City tells the true story about the Chicago World’s Fair and the “murder, magic and madness at the fair that changed America.”

Fair is a great book for kids who are interested in 4-H, showing animals or entering items in the fair. It talks about the different breeds of cows, swine and sheep and shows how they set the carnival up.

The third biggest Ferris Wheel in the world is the London Eye in London, England. It is 427 feet high. In the children’s book The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dow, Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on the London Eye. At the end of the ride, when the doors open Salim is nowhere to be seen.


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