Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Suez Canal: Now That's Big

Suez Canal: Now That's Big

Kate Riggs
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
The Creative Company, 2009   ISBN: 978-1583417065

The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway that serves to connect the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. Before it was built, ships wanting to go from Europe to Asia had to travel down and around the southern tip of Africa, which was a long and hazardous journey.

Wanting to save ships a lot of time, Ferdinand de Lesseps thought that it would be a good idea to build a canal. In 1859 he hired Egyptian workers and used machines to start digging a channel through the desert that was one hundred miles long and one hundred and seventy-five feet wide.

Today more the fifteen thousand ships travel through the canal every year, and it is considered to be a excellent example of human engineering at its best.

Using beautiful full-color photos and a simple text, this title helps young readers to understand why the Suez Canal was built and how it has benefitted people for more than one hundred years.

This is one of the books in the Now that’s big! series.