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Vehicles and transportation are fertile ground for the imagination, and they are also a fantastic gateway to the physical sciences. Explorers: Things that Go uses a series of eye-catching story scenes to set the stage for a wide-ranging examination of the science behind motion. From the speed of racing, to transport on the rails, the science of heavy machinery, the physics of flight, and what keeps boats afloat. After readers absorb the elements of each story, they can explore the details through photographs and ...

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Overview

Vehicles and transportation are fertile ground for the imagination, and they are also a fantastic gateway to the physical sciences. Explorers: Things that Go uses a series of eye-catching story scenes to set the stage for a wide-ranging examination of the science behind motion. From the speed of racing, to transport on the rails, the science of heavy machinery, the physics of flight, and what keeps boats afloat. After readers absorb the elements of each story, they can explore the details through photographs and explanations on the following page. If they are interested in a particular aspect of transportation they can hop through the book following one of four icons related to their interest. Back matter offers plenty of resources for further multimedia exploration.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
From bicycles to race cars to high flying rockets and everything in between, readers will learn about all sorts of transportation in this early reference source. Part of the "Explorers" series from Kingfisher, it is a fun and exciting journey of exploration. Written for the inquisitive early elementary student, the charm of the book is in its presentation. Each page is filled with colorful illustrations rendered from true life photographs. Each illustration is accompanied by a caption or short paragraph explaining some aspect of the picture. Some illustrations are circular with the captions written around them to add even more fun for readers. And some illustrations, such as the one showing a construction yard and all the heavy equipment in it, take up an entire two page spread since they contain so much information. On these pages numbers have been superimposed over the illustrations with the number key running along the top of the page. Also on these two page spreads is a close-up of a part of one of the vehicles with a caption asking, "What is that?" The answer appears upside down on the facing page. Finally, colorful icon buttons, red for safety, blue for people, green for science and orange for engine power appear throughout asking readers to turn to another page for further information. For example, the spread entitled "Riding the waves" has buttons for safety, science and people, asking readers to turn to page 30 where they will learn about lifejackets, rudders, and Coast Guards. One slight flaw in the book is the lack of a glossary or suggestions for further reading. Excluding them does not, however, detract from the overall presentation and it is a welcome addition to early elementary classroom and library shelves. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
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The busy pages of these Explorers series books offer plenty of options for even the most curious readers. Thanks to the many potential paths through each book's pages, reading it always offers something new. . . .  [With] descriptive paragraphs . . . colorful photos and illustrations . . .  various bright icons [that] relate [to] illustrations around the book  . . . the Explorers books live up to their series name.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465936
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Explorers Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of more than fifty books on a wide variety of subjects. His previous Kingfisher titles include The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia, The Atlas of Firsts, and 10 Leaders Who Changed the World. He is also co-author of Kingfisher's Explore science and social studies encyclopedia.

Peter Bull has worked as a freelance illustrator for more than twenty-five years. He creates both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide and also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in the UK.

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