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Transportation!
     

Transportation!

by Gail Gibbons
 

From cars and trains to plains and boats, people all around the world have developed diverse means and methods of travel. In this fascinating exploration of transportation, Gail Gibbons employs her signature, colorful artwork and accessible text to explain transportation choices to young readers. Vehicles of many kinds are clearly detailed, as are

Overview

From cars and trains to plains and boats, people all around the world have developed diverse means and methods of travel. In this fascinating exploration of transportation, Gail Gibbons employs her signature, colorful artwork and accessible text to explain transportation choices to young readers. Vehicles of many kinds are clearly detailed, as are transportation-related facts and concepts such as carpooling and commuting. For young readers on the go, this book is a must-have!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2017
K-Gr 2—Gibbons presents the topic of transportation to young readers in her easy, identifiable style. Employing large, bright watercolor illustrations to complement brief but descriptive text, the book sheds light on the ways people around the world have developed diverse modes of travel. Gibbons explains the variety of options for those on the go, from public transportation to aircraft, big and small. She discusses what it means to commute and how travel is used for work and pleasure. Labels on each page enhance understanding. A scene of children preparing to board a school bus engages the audience as users of transportation. Back matter depicts a number of important signs, signals, and navigational aids. VERDICT A solid, accessible introduction to the subject for little ones.—Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-21
A stalwart in nonfiction gives a basic introduction to the topic.Gibbons breaks transportation (or "what people use to get around") into four main categories: cars and other vehicles, trains, aircraft, and boats. As the many cars, buses, vans, etc. zip past, the most notable fact included is the definition of commuters. The rest deals in generalities about size, shape, and speed. For trains, planes, and boats there is a bit more to explain about how they work, but even that is kept to a one-sentence, sometimes frustratingly simplistic minimum: "Helicopters and many planes have engines that turn propeller blades to make them fly." Space travel feels tacked on as an afterthought (with the International Space Station jarringly butting up against a country road across the gutter), with a little speculation about transportation in the future. Tucked among the buses, bikes, and sedans, there is a bit of diversity found in the townsfolk, but the majority is still white. Gibbons turns this into a Richard Scarry imitation, lacking an entertaining (or even very informational) text to accompany the many labeled vehicles; confirmed transportation enthusiasts will quickly lose interest. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823434251
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2017
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
713,528
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons grew up writing stories and drawing pictures to fit the words, and wishing she lived in the country. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of fine arts degree, she became involved in television graphics. This led her to work on a children’s TV show, where her desire to write and illustrate children’s books was rekindled. Eventually Gail became a full-time writer and moved to rural Vermont, where she could have a garden and as many pets as she wanted. Gail has written more than 140 books and has made countless visits to schools. The feedback she gets from children is invaluable and often inspires ideas for future projects. Gail and her husband, Kent Ancliffe, have a dog named Wilbur and two cats, named Miles and Davis. They live in Vermont in a passive solar house that Gail’s husband built and on an island off the coast of Maine.

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