Old Ironsides: Americans Build a Fighting Ship

Houghton Mifflin, 1997

From the frigate under full sail on the cover, to the endpapers with the view of the hull, to the clean, precise drawings of every stage of shipbuilding, Weitzman’s illustrations draw the eye and invite close inspection.

School Library Journal star review(starred review)

This meticulously illustrated and written book on the construction of America’s first man-of-war will enhance collections. Not only is the process of constructing this massive ship clearly outlined, but the immensity of the decision to build it at all is discussed.

The Horn Book Magazine

Weitzman’s enthusiasm and dedication to the idea of re-creating history for children is an inspired concept, executed with class.

Stephanie Loer, The Boston Globe