Whether trolling along on a sleepy stream or racing across blue waters, there's nothing like simply "messing about with boats." This book describes, in great detail, the process of constructing a sturdy, water-worthy vessel. Each part of the boat construction, from shaping the aluminum that makes up the boat's body, to welding the pieces of aluminum together, to testing for leaks, to finally customizing each boat, is thoroughly illustrated, both by the text and the full-color photographs included on each page. Related vocabulary is printed in bold, and is defined in a glossary on the last page of the book. The text is simple and direct, and could be read independently by proficient readers in the upper elementary grades. This would be a useful addition to a classroom library, as well as enjoyable for young people who are interested in boats. It is part of a series from Clara House Books. 2002, Clara House Books,
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Gr 1-3-These colorful photographic journeys take readers through the assembly of two vehicles. In Truck Plant, the construction of the pickup truck cab and bed and the insertion of the engine and transmission are explained. Boat Factory begins with cutting the aluminum into the correct shapes, welding, sanding, painting, and finally finishing. Clearly written sentences present descriptions of the vehicle and include definitions and specific explanations of the steps of construction and completion. Accompanying each explanation are full- or half-page photographs that correlate accurately to the texts. The pictures show men and women working in the factories. Children who have exhausted your current collection on these vehicles may be interested in a different approach to the topic.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.