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Children's LiteratureBackhoes use buckets with big teeth to dig and lift dirt and rock. They move on rolling tracks and are a very important machine used in building roads and sidewalks. All this and more can be found in this large photographic picture book. This is a great read for any little one with an interest in BIG machines (most boys I know) and would also be highly instructional for little ones living near a construction site. The book, like the machine it describes, is big, making it easy to handle. Simple text and oversized photos bring these mighty machines up close and personal. Major machine parts are identified with a colorful textbox overlaying the photos. Perhaps equally appealing to a preschooler, the book is arranged like a big-kid textbook, with a table of contents, glossary, bibliography and index. Part of the Pebbles Plus publications, the "Mighty Machines" series supports national standards related to science, technology and society. As such, the book also includes information on how to link to "FactHound," an educational site on the Internet, for additional resources related to this book. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 8.