v, 149 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Rev. ed. of: Building. New York : Atheneum, 1979.
From cave to skyscraper -- Building a tent -- What is a beam? -- What do we build structures with? -- Floor of your room -- Steel frame...made out of paper -- Part of the building you don't see -- What tornadoes, earthquakes, and changes in temperature can do -- How to fight tornadoes and earthquakes -- Ropes and cables -- Sticks and stones -- Strings and sticks -- Shape and strength -- Barrels, dishes, butterflies, bicycle wheels, and eggs -- Balloons...and back to the tent.
Explains how tents, houses, stadiums, and bridges are built, and how to build models of such structures using materials found around the home.