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Our Transportation Systems

Our Transportation Systems

by Dorothy Francis

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Children's Literature
The "I Know America" series from Millbrook Press emphasizes the historical background of many aspects of American culture. This volume attempts to cover various modes of transportation from the earliest days of our country to the international space station of today. This is a very broad topic and necessarily limits the amount of information that can be included. Each section comprises about seven pages liberally interspersed with illustrations, mostly taken from historic photographs and prints. These are the best part, giving the reader an intriguing glimpse into the past of roads, vehicles, and air and water travel. Especially interesting are a 1910 poster showing a Pullman car from the Chicago and Alton Railroad and a view of the Erie Canal in the early 1800s. The text is simply written, but packs in enough names, dates and details to offer a fairly comprehensive overview of the subject. It may just pique the interest of intermediate and even junior high browsers to do further research about a number of fascinating topics, such as early hot-air balloons or perhaps life at sea on a sailing ship. A teacher could guide students to explore some social issues merely hinted at, such as the brutal conditions endured by Irish and Chinese immigrants in the building of canals and railroads. The slender volume includes, as well as a chronology and an index, a short bibliography and a list of transportation-related places to visit, along with their web sites. 2002, Millbrook, $23.90. Ages 9 to 13. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft AGES: 9 10 11 12 13

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Lerner Publishing Group
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I Know America Series
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7.68(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.38(d)

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