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Children's LiteratureMaura drives a big backhoe that helps to build roads and buildings by digging big holes and moving dirt from one place to another. Maura teaches the reader about safety as she checks her tires, or tracks, for rocks or clumps of mud that might make the machine move in an odd way. Maura also checks the fluids in her equipment to make sure that she is protecting the engine. The reader will learn about the operation of a backhoe and about different kinds of buckets that can be put on a backhoe. Small inset boxes reinforce the knowledge presented in previous pages. The primary lettering typestyle and the use of color to highlight the machine and the driver against the grays and browns of the surrounding environment draw the child's eyes to the important details of the story. The inclusion of different genders in non-traditional roles adds to the quality of this series. Helpful pages at the back of the book include a diagram of a backhoe, a glossary, fun facts, web resources, a brief bibliography, and an index. The front and end flaps have tire tracks running top to bottom to add to the attraction of this "working" title. This is part of the "Working Wheels" series, which currently includes 30 titles. Series titles are included in the help pages. This is an excellent early career book for elementary collections. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 6 to 8.