The children's picture book Bridges of All Kinds of more than 50 full-color photographs of natural, big, small,
yellow, bumpy, railroad, covered, and other various bridges from around
the world. Get a PDF for your mobile device or a signed copy directly from the author below.
The book Chicago River Bridges eight years on the making, incredibly well
researched, hardback, full-color, oversized, coffee-table history, and
photographic guide. Order your signed copy directly from the author below.
The DVD Chicago Drawbridges from Hatch Werks Films is available for schools, libraries, or home use. This 57-minute documentary plus 100-minutes of special features maybe ordered direct from the producers at the film website:
, presents the untold history and evolution of Chicago's bridges,
from the first humble footbridge to the iconic moveable steel and concrete structures of today. It reveals a city, that at its heart is the world center for drawbridge design and innovation. Chicago without its bridges to connect and reconnect the people, culture,
industry, and neighborhoods would not be what it is today. The book captures the engineering and architectural significance of the bridges and presents the people, stories, and legends of Chicago's fantastic bridge history. Chicago River Bridges was published by the
in October 2013 and received the 2013 Henry N. Barkhausen Award for original research on Great Lakes Maritime History. With more than 200 images and beautifully laid out, this 344-page, full-color, hardback, coffee table book makes a great gift. For a review check out
they independently produced and first aired on Chicago and Milwaukee public
television in 2013. It chronicles the importance of the bridges
in the making of the Windy City from the first wood footbridge, built by
a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic structures of today crossing the
is about big, red, small, steel, railroad, and many other kinds of
bridges from around the world. This full-color children’s picture book
presents over 50 photographs that amaze and delight children and adults
alike. It shows the great variety of types, shapes, colors, materials,
uses, and life cycle of bridges. The prominent feature of each bridge
from 22 different countries is described with its geographic location.
It provides a great cross-section of the many and varied bridges and
bridge types all over the world. This is an eBook on Apples iBookstore and printed copies may be purchased above.
Patrick is currently working on the PTM Werks Series of children’s
books with illustrator Johanna Kim. The idea of this series is to show the behind-the-scenes and inner workings of machines that are all around us to answer the why's and how's kids often ask, even most adults can't completely explain. The first book in the series is Drawbridges Open and Close, which introduces Bridge Tender Todd (a fox) and tugboat captain Josie (a kangaroo) who is towing a big barge and needs the bridge to open. Just as impatient Terry Turtle in his sports car approaches, Bridge Tender Todd follows the six steps to safely open the bridge and then reverses the six steps to close the bridge.
wonderful illustrations show the center lock, gears under the drawbridge, and controls inside the bridge house. The Narrows Drawbridge is used by a variety of vehicles, watercraft, and animal characters that go over and under as they go about with their busy day. This book is recommended for kids 3-years old and up and will be released in October 2014 from CurlyQ Press and distributed by Applewood Books.
The second book in the series Airplanes Take off and Land is currently in the works and expected in early 2015 also from
. It introduces Harry (a sheep) who is a little afraid of flying and travels with Aunt Stacey to visit his grandmother. Stacey is the captain and pilot of the flight and Harry gets a special treat visiting the pilots lounge, seeing the filing of the flight plan, pre-flight inspections, and sits in the jump seat for a closeup view of flying an airplane, its controls, and procedures.
As A Young Boy . . .
times being a little kid does not seem so long ago. I was curious,
loved to play, and lucky to make friends easily. One of my earliest
memories is of running through the backyards of my neighborhood in
Normal, Illinois (really that was the name of the town). It was early
morning and I decided to run as fast as I could from one backyard to
another and another just because I could. It was the beginning of a
beautiful summer day that seemed to hold endless opportunities. School
was out, sunny, and warm I could feel the grass and the cool morning dew
under my bare feet as I dashed along, both excited and afraid of
stepping on a bee in the clover. Still ran anyway with the twinge of
fear spurring me on with quick inspecting glances at the ground ahead.
Yet still running an at times with pure abandon as fast as I could
because it felt so good to fly across the grassy yards. The excitement
was simply too great to contain. Running seemed to be the best way to
express and enjoy this perfect summer morning that held so much
possibility and promise.
I am sure at the time I could not have described this feeling as well,
but the joy of bare feet on grass, the crisp clean air, and sense of
freedom was too good to ignore. Hopefully that feeling will never leave
me. The energy, like uncorking a bottle as the foam rushes out, after I
stepped out the back door of our house and endless possibilities that
summer day was pure magic.
I sometimes have similar feelings while writing about bridges or other
things when all the pieces seem to fit together (after a lot of work)
and an idea, project, or book comes together. That feeling of
excitement bubbling up inside like a shaken soda can is a thrill we
should all keep in our hearts. The thrill of pure joy, success, and
that anything is possible as the good little kid in all of us no matter
what age. The fun, energy, and assurance what you are doing right then
and there is just what you were meant to be doing right now. AND you
are the best and only person to express it. It is just so right, so
strong you must seize the chance and paint or write, build, hug someone,
or run through the grass to feel the air rush by.
It is my hope kids everywhere find and keep this feeling to always
remember that excitement and joy of being alive. So as they grow up,
change, and learn the feeling is never lost. We should all find
activities, friends, and pursuits that create a feeling of self worth,
strength, and joy! Some people say it is following your passions --
whatever that is. To me it is just this feeling inside wanting to
discover what if. What if I can make this happen? What if I try and
build this idea? Why not make this work? I try and ignore the hard
work because along the way the discovery of new things, and even if it
doesn't turn out as expected the hard work is always worth it -- not for
the end result, although that too can be amazing -- but for the journey
of learning and seeing what will happen, created, or built. Chase
ideas that thrill you despite what other people think or say. Try
something new and different exploring is just plain good for you and
helps create a better, stronger, and smarter you. What does the happy
little kid inside you feel is cool, fun, or exciting to do next? You
never know will you learn or become along the way.