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Children's LiteratureThere is something arresting about a close-in view of really big machines at work. Tow trucks, a toy box staple, are the real-life stars of this book, as they tow cars and rescue even tractor trailer trucks. One of a series of picture books written to help below-grade-level readers improve their skills, the book features short sentences, controlled vocabulary, and a strong correlation between text and pictures. Straightforward illustrations do a good job of showing the trucks' size and power, illustrating and explaining their parts and giving young readers the view from an operator's seat. Large type and simple, colorful pictures make the book a good bet for group reading to young children. The subject matter lends itself to related discussions and projects in science, community, or safety. For individual use, it should be noted that older struggling readers might feel self-conscious carrying a picture book when advanced readers in the same class are reading chapter books. An introductory note to teachers and parents explains that early readers may need help using features such as the "Table of Contents," "Glossary" and "Index." In this book the value of these features may be to acquaint youngsters with the use of these tools. On the other hand, the list of Internet sites and related books, while clearly designed for use with adult supervision, are likely to be of immediate value to any early readers interested in the powerful tow truck. 2005, Pebble Plus/Capstone Press, Ages 3 to 7.