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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 3 to 6.
Large, clean graphics combine with bold colors to present more than sixty different types of trucks and cars as Tom delivers produce to a city market. Tom prepares his rig then visits a farm where he picks up apples and vegetables. He drives through rural farmland then out onto the highway where his journey takes him over mountains, through tunnels, past road construction sites, around detours, and into the city. Simple text in short sentences offers reading opportunities to early readers. Text in bold indicates the sound of trucks, noises on the road or brief dialogue. A little dog rides along with Tom. The illustrations combine hand-printed signs, cut-out letters and photographs cropped into the simply drawn, flattened images of roads, houses, people of all ages and cars or trucks. The bright imagery and simple text will appeal as an introduction to books for children who are read to as well as those beginning to read for themselves. This book would be a good reading resource addition to a preschool or early elementary school library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys