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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Trucks (Picture Book)

Released May 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Part of the popular Ready-To-Read series, this Level One book is designed for youngsters 4-6. When the sun comes up, it's time for a fleet of trucks to hit the road. Some are fast and others are slow but, no matter their size, all these vehicles have special jobs to do. Garbage trucks, big dump trucks, a cement truck and even small pick-up trucks - they are all busy working.

This Level One book is ideal for a child who is ready to start reading and also likes trucks. Short sentences and plenty of action words (illustrated by the pictures) will enable the child to master this simple story fairly quickly. The author also includes a few "opposites" (up and down, tall and small, fast and slow) and some simple counting too (count the trucks) so there's more than just simple word mastery involved in the read aloud story.

My copy of the paperback had a decided "chemical" smell which was due, no doubt, to the amount of ink used to completely cover each page. I'd air the book out for awhile before I'd give it to a child. I don't think this is a major problem but it is something to consider, especially since the book is probably going to have multiple readings.

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