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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Major Inventions Through History" series, this title follows the history of transportation from the invention of the wheel, through the 2005 introduction of the superjumbo passenger jet. In between, the author reports on the invention and use of sails, steam engines, internal combustion engines and various types of flight. The breezy, humorous writing style lightens up a serious subject and makes it more interesting to middle-grade readers. Additionally, while students are learning a great deal about the progress made in transportation, much other history is also finely integrated. For example, the 1765 British Post Office Act which made it unlawful to carry mail slower than 6 miles per hour is shown as the reason for the increase in stagecoaches to deliver the mail. Issues pertaining to transportation are also introduced, such as the discussion question posed as to whether it is a positive or a negative that the world is "shrinking." There are excellent research tools included, such as time lines at the bottom of some pages and sidebars with interesting facts. The appendices include a time line, glossary, bibliography, web resources and an index, all at appropriate levels for budding researchers from about fourth grade up. The illustrations combine drawings of inventions, and historical photographs of the various time periods to add interest and context to the excellent information contained in this book. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 9 to 12.