Trucks: Machines at Work


This fast-moving series teaches kids the basics of how different kinds of machines work. High-impact photographs give closeup looks at different machine parts.

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This fast-moving series teaches kids the basics of how different kinds of machines work. High-impact photographs give closeup looks at different machine parts.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tina Chan
Trucks are designed to carry loads of cargo. Cargo can be cars, shipping containers, garbage, and more. Engines power the trucks that turn the wheels and move the vehicles forward. When trucks go uphill, they need the extra power of a lower gear to climb the slope. A lower gear makes the engine turn the wheels slower and with greater force. Because trucks are heavy and move at fast speeds, it takes a lot of force to slow down, and this come from the brakes. Cargo can be loaded and unloaded in various ways. A digging machine can fill a dump truck; later, the back of a dump truck tilts upward for the load to slide off. Monster trucks are massive machines that perform in stunts and obstacle races. Tow trucks tow other vehicles when they break down, while tugs tow airplanes around an airport. Fire trucks rush firefighters to a fire or other emergency. Firefighters use equipment to put out a fire and rescue people in danger. Large, vivid, age-appropriate color photographs correspond with the text and enhance understanding. A glossary features words that may be unfamiliar to readers. Includes a quiz, a list of further resources, and an index. Reviewer: Tina Chan AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 10.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—These titles explain the mechanics of how vehicles work: what makes them stop, start, or turn, etc. The information is very basic. For example, in Trucks, readers learn that "They are powered by an engine that turns their wheels. As the wheels turn, they move the truck forward." Cars focuses more on race cars than passenger vehicles. In each volume, the text is arranged in short paragraphs, accompanied by captioned photos and "Zoom In" sidebars that show close-ups of related vehicle parts. All the titles end with a quiz. Unfortunately, some of the stock photos are not helpful. In Cars, the spread on slowing down doesn't actually show the brakes. An image that shows ailerons in Planes is too small to be elucidating. Though for a slightly older audience, PowerKids Press's "Machines Inside Out" series has many more details about the workings of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and airplanes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778774822
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Trucks on the move 4

Steering a truck 6

Going uphill 8

Driving safely 10

Carrying cargo 12

Loading and unloading 14

Monster trucks 16

Tow trucks 18

Fighting fires 20

Quiz 22

Glossary 23

Further information and Index 24

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