Galloping Gertie—A Nonfiction Picture Book - Alder & Alouette

Galloping Gertie—The True Story of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

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A nonfiction picture book about the famous 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse. Nicknamed Galloping Gertie for her tendency to whip back and forth and ripple under cars from the wind before her demise, this strange and spectacular collapse has become a textbook example of an engineering failure, an oft-used science lesson, and even given rise to a legend of an old and gigantic octopus living in the wreckage at the bottom of the Tacoma Narrows Waterway. 



  • Written by Amanda Abler and illustrated by Levi Hastings.
  • Published by Little Bigfoot, Seattle, Washington; August 17, 2021. 
  • Ages 4 to 8 years 
  • 0.4" H x 9.6" L x 7.4" W (0.75 lbs) 48 pages
  • Hardcover