Activities for 1st - 4th grades in Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies to coordinate with the picture book George Ferris What a Wheel by Barbara Lowell and illustrated by Jerry Hoare with photographs, published by Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Core Concepts. From back cover: Have you ever ridden a Ferris wheel? You can see for miles! But when the inventor of the Ferris wheel, George Ferris, first pitched the idea, everyone thought he was crazy. A 250-foot bicycle wheel that goes around and around and carries people in train size cars.