Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckAn M1A1 main battle tank surges across the desert sands of Iraq. Encountering enemy tanks, the commander of the Abrams fires armor- piercing rounds at three enemy vehicles. Before the Iraqi tankers are able to respond, their vehicles are struck and destroyed. Moving ahead at a possible forty miles per hour, the Abrams sweep ahead toward their objective. This is the type of rhetoric that youngsters will encounter in this illustrated title of the "Mighty Military Machines" series. Written with a controlled vocabulary designed to allow both elementary and secondary readers to appreciate its content, this title is designed to tell the story of the tank and its evolution. In this illustrated work readers are given a glimpse into the life of a modern tanker. While brief sections of the text are dedicated to earlier tanks and the broad evolution of these fighting vehicles, the lion's share of content is dedicated to the most advanced American armored vehicles. Combining a solid narrative style with engaging illustrations of real life tanks and tankers, this book will catch the attention of youngsters interested in military hardware. Written with an eye for not only technical elements but also the human side of operating a main battle tank, this book does an excellent job of detailing what life in an armored vehicle could be like. As such it will appeal to readers with any sort of interest in this genre of writing.
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