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Children's LiteratureThis little book (7 1/4" x 7 1/4" inches and 32 pages) thoroughly examines two different types of fire truck, the ladder truck and the pumper truck. Readers will learn how these big machines are used to help rescue people and put out fires. It starts out with a side view of a ladder truck, with sixteen different aspects of it labeled. Any child that has been to a fire station open house or on a field trip to a fire station will enjoy learning the proper names of all of the things they have climbed on or around! Those who have not had such an opportunity will almost feel as though they had! Sentences are fairly simple and are presented in large, bold type. There are no more than four sentences per two page spread. Pictures are colorful and realistic. A glossary, called "Challenge Words," is placed at the conclusion, defining unfamiliar words or phrases that are highlighted throughout the book, such as "aerial ladder," "fire extinguisher" and "outriggers." Recommended. Part of the "Bookworms" leveled reading program that is designed to reinforce the skills of emergent, early and fluent readers. Other titles in the series include What's Inside a Firehouse, What's Inside a Hospital and What's Inside a Police Car? 2004, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 4 to 8.
—Cindy L. Carolan