Littoral Combat Ships

Littoral Combat Ships

by Phillip Green
     
 

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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
U.S. Navy ships are in foreign waters. Enemy ships move along the coast, threatening the fleet. Fast and maneuverable, particularly in shallow waters, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) moves in to assist. While the LCS checks for mines, the enemy advances. An LCS-based helicopter takes off, firing a missile that sinks the enemy ship. A similar action-paced sequence opens this 24-page nonfiction text dedicated to one of the Navy's newest ships. Two models are currently in the waters. The first, the USS Freedom, was launched in 2008. The second, the USS Independence, entered service in 2010. Detailing the weapons, features, specifications, missions, and crew of this ship, the book provides a wealth of information in short paragraphs aimed at reluctant readers. Written for students in grades three to seven, the book includes outstanding high-quality photographs, many of which were provided by the Department of Defense. Part of Torque's 34-book "Military Machines" series, the book includes a glossary, index and a bibliography which appears limited to related books published by the same and/or related companies. The glossary is key for while the text is written at a guided reading level P, there is some advanced vocabulary that readers, particularly on the younger end of the spectrum, will need to utilize in order to fully understand the technical nature of this topic. While certainly well-written and apparently factual, there is no data on the author's background or any indication of any associations with military organizations to help determine the reliability of the information presented. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—These slim volumes have a limited, but sufficient amount of information. Designed as introductory material, each volume briefly describes the history and use of the featured machine and provides a page listing its physical specifications: primary function, height, weight, length, top speed, crew, etc. Vocabulary is appropriate, with glossary words in boldface. "Fast Fact" boxes provide additional information. Illustrations are spread-filling, action-packed color photos that sometimes feature a smaller superimposed photo, adding detail. Each title has a color theme—green, blue, or burnt orange—with the pages matching the color of the cover. The photography has been digitally altered to permit the page color to dominate the photo background. There are a few captions, but the narratives are descriptive enough that they are not usually necessary. The only criticism is that the opening paragraph of each title is a contrived battle scenario, and the conclusions are a bit weak. Still, these books are good choices for libraries needing this genre and level.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600145803
Publisher:
Bellwether Media
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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